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“I’m A Working Person. That’s My Life”: A Q&A with Paul Ryan Challenger Randy Bryce

berniesrevolution:

On June 18, Wisconsin ironworker Randy Bryce announced his campaign to unseat Speaker Paul Ryan with a campaign ad that instantly went viral. In it, he talks about his own battle with cancer and his mother’s needs as a patient with multiple sclerosis. He attacks Ryan’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act. And he presents himself as an outsider, populist candidate who can re-energize the Democratic Party. “I decided to run for office because not everyone is seated at the table,” he says in a voiceover. “It’s time to make a bigger table.”

At Payday Report, Mike Elk reports that Bryce has already lined up endorsements from the Milwaukee Building Trades, state Senator Chris Larson, state Representative JoCasta Zamarripa, and former House candidate Rob Zerban.

Though this isn’t Bryce’s first run for office—he ran for state assembly and state senate and lost both times—he may be just the candidate his beleaguered party needs. Not only is he running as a blue-collar progressive and well-known union member in a state with a storied history of labor politics and agrarian populism, Bryce could also be something of a unity candidate for Democrats. “Although he was a Sanders surrogate during the primary, he campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the general election and would have been an elector for her had she won,” Elk writes.

Bryce has one Democratic primary challenger so far: David Yankovich, who announced his candidacy on May 30. In this interview, Bryce explains to the New Republic his reasons for running and how he plans to win a district the Democratic Party hasn’t held since 1995. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


Tell me why you decided to challenge Paul Ryan.

Randy Bryce:

I’m a lifelong resident of Southeastern Wisconsin. I graduated from public schools, went into the Army after that. When I came back, I was diagnosed with cancer and I didn’t have insurance, and now it’s considered a preexisting condition. I worked sometimes two full-time jobs to make ends meet. Finally, I joined the union, the Ironworkers Union, which had an apprenticeship. I got my journeyman’s card and I’ve been doing that for 20 years now. As I drive through the district I can look and see, “I worked on that, I built that.” So literally I spent the last 20 years of my life building the district. Looking over at Paul Ryan, I’m wondering what he’s been doing.

Things have been taken away from us. Autoworkers used to have a lot of great-paying jobs building cars. Right now they’re tearing down the UAW plant—the General Motors plant—in Kenosha, there’s a huge abandoned facility in Janesville, and some of the best-paying jobs in Waukesha County are going up to Canada.

People are working harder these days and having less to show as a result for it. Paul Ryan hasn’t been in the district for a town hall in over 600 days and it’s time to make a change. If I can’t perform my job I get fired at work. And it’s time to get someone who can do the job Paul Ryan was hired to do.

How will your experience with the union influence your campaign?

Randy Bryce:

I see this as an opportunity to create stewardship, to look out for the rest of the people in the community. Just like I’ve done as a member of the union’s executive board. It’s about taking care of people, and making sure that they’re heard, and that people are treated fairly. Nobody’s been heard, and that’s the biggest complaint right now.

Donald Trump won an area in Kenosha that had traditionally been Democratic, but people are waking up and they’re seeing that it was all talk. They have buyer’s remorse now. I’m a working person, I don’t play one in a video. That’s my life, and I’ve always stood with working people. That’s where I’m coming from. The majority of the people in this district are working people. They’re not corporate donors, and that’s who Paul Ryan’s been spending most of his time with.

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ceasarslegion:

The Last Jedi marketing team: Finn and Poe? Well, you never know what could happen ;) Watch ;) and;) find;)out;)sweaty;)

Me, a queer who’s been dead inside for years: 

2848 6572 500

jboud:

i want to be given verbal encouragement by a dog who speaks in a deep otherworldly voice 

2901 42de 500
2918 e810 500

konniwa:

hamkichi:

I really miss @heavymedic-ask-konniwa ‘s cats…

OMG IM DIYING SO CUTE

ceasarslegion:

The Last Jedi marketing team: Finn and Poe? Well, you never know what could happen ;) Watch ;) and;) find;)out;)sweaty;)

Me, a queer who’s been dead inside for years: 

2848 6572 500

jboud:

i want to be given verbal encouragement by a dog who speaks in a deep otherworldly voice 

2901 42de 500

ceasarslegion:

The Last Jedi marketing team: Finn and Poe? Well, you never know what could happen ;) Watch ;) and;) find;)out;)sweaty;)

Me, a queer who’s been dead inside for years: 

2848 6572 500

jboud:

i want to be given verbal encouragement by a dog who speaks in a deep otherworldly voice 

ceasarslegion:

The Last Jedi marketing team: Finn and Poe? Well, you never know what could happen ;) Watch ;) and;) find;)out;)sweaty;)

Me, a queer who’s been dead inside for years: 

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