Behind the scenes, Paul Ryan is trying to reconnect the GOP with the poor. Former civil-rights activist Bob Woodson, a longtime Kemp ally, is helping him:
After last year’s presidential election, Ryan, who had worked as Kemp’s speechwriter after he graduated from college, privately told his aides that he wanted to revive the GOP’s Kemp wing. Instead of getting bogged down with fiscal politics, he was looking to return the Republican conversation to themes of inclusion and growth. But he needed a hand. He immediately thought of Woodson, who had briefly worked with Ryan last year, when Ryan was Mitt Romney’s running mate.