Son of Slain Sikh Temple Leader to Challenge Paul Ryan

Amar Kaleka will file paperwork this week to run as a Democrat

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In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 photo, film director and producer Amardeep Kaleka poses for a photo in Los Angeles.

The son of a Sikh temple leader who was killed in the 2012 shooting in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek is looking to unseat Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan.

Amardeep Kaleka told the Associated Press on Monday that he blames Ryan and Republicans for the ongoing government shutdown and will work to bring accountability and transparency back to Washington. Kaleka is a strong advocate for gun control, and he said he will support stricter firearm background checks.

Kaleka’s father, Satwant Singh Kaleka, was the founder of the Sikh temple in Oak Creek where six people were killed in August 2012 when a man opened fire on priests and worshipers. Kaleka will run as a Democrat, and plans to file his paperwork to form an exploratory committee this week.

Ryan, his party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, easily won reelection to his House seat last year.