Republicans wish Paul Ryan farewell

TOWN OF BRIGHTON — Saturday’s annual Republican Fall Fest was both a goodbye to House Speaker Paul Ryan and a call to the faithful to help stave off a “blue wave” on Election Day Nov. 6.

The annual event drew more than 350 people to Brightonwoods Orchard for 2 ½ hours of talks by Republican politicians and hopefuls, from Gov. Scott Walker to Ryan, the closing speaker who is retiring from politics after this term. Their overriding message — apart from praising and thanking Ryan — was that Republican candidates could be vulnerable this fall unless every supporter gets to work rousing others to join the cause.