Flashback: Paul Ryan Wrote Letter To GM Ceo In 2008 Protesting Plant Closure Tonight, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) blasted President Obama for failing to save a GM factory in his district. The problem with this is that the plant actually closed under George W. Bush. In June 2008, Ryan sent a letter along with his Wisconsin colleagues Senators Russ Feingold (D) and Herb Kohl (D) protesting the closure of General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. We ask that you reconsider the decision to close the Janesville GM plant and request a meeting with you as soon as possible to discuss OMs plans for the Janesville plant, including the possibility of retooling the plant for different production lines, said the letter from the three lawmakers to GM CEO Rick Wagoner. As Talking Points Memos Benjy Sarlin notes, Ryan actually voted for a Bush-era effort to expand government loans to GM, a plan that failed to save the Janesville plant. Ryan also went on to support Obamas GM restructuring plan, which earned him the rebuke of Michelle Malkin, who grouped him with pro-bailout, anti-free market Republicans. Tonight, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz aggressively questioned Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) about Ryans claim that the closure under Bush could be blamed on Obama. It had nothing to do with Barack Obamas economic policy, said Schultz about the Janesville closure. You cant get away from that fact!