Why does Paul Ryan have to run TV ads in his congressional re-election race?

According to a report from the Associated Press, Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, who was tapped to serve as Republican Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, will begin running ads in support of his congressional re-election campaign:

Contracts formalized Tuesday with at least one Milwaukee television station show that Ryan’s congressional ads will start airing Wednesday morning and go initially for two weeks. The Ryan congressional ads start in the same week as presidential ticket mate Mitt Romney’s commercials went on air in Wisconsin, although the cost for the two sets of ads are drawn from different campaign accounts.

Wisconsin law allows Ryan to seek both offices simultaneously but only serve in one if he wins the pair.

So what I’m wondering is why Paul Ryan feels he needs to run TV ads in support of his congressional re-election campaign if he’s confident that the Romney-Ryan campaign will prevail in November.

The fact that Paul Ryan is hedging his bets by running for vice president and Congress at the same time just underscores how desperate he is to continue to draw a taxpayer-funded salary, without regard for what position allows him to continue to do so.

Here’s my question about Dan Sebring’s unpaid back taxes

According to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program (CCAP), Republican Dan Sebring, who’s vying to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore in the 4th Congressional District, has five unpaid tax warrants totaling over $10,000. On his campaign website, Sebring explains the circumstances that led to those unpaid taxes, and while I certainly take no issue with his explanations for his tax difficulties, I can’t help but question the wisdom of running a campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives with unpaid back taxes, and here’s why.

According to Sebring’s own website, he has “curtailed virtually all personal discretionary spending, and I have entered into an installment agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.” While that may be true, let’s keep in mind that Sebring’s tax difficulties haven’t stopped him from spending $2,472 of his own money on his congressional campaign, money that in my opinion might have been better spent getting his personal finances in order.

After all, with the nearly $2,500 of his own money he’s spent to prop up what’s going end up being yet another frivolous and failed bid to beat Rep. Moore, Dan Sebring could have taken some personal responsibility and used that money to do the right thing and pay down his unpaid back taxes.

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