While Speaker of the House and Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is busy taking away people’s healthcare or screwing over the poor, it seems as though Ryan may face some serious competition for his seat in 2018. On Monday, Randy Bryce, a union iron worker, and a U.S. Army veteran announced he will run against Ryan.
Bryce released a very powerful and emotional ad to announce his candidacy. The ad starts out with Trump congratulating Ryan on the “job well done” with the healthcare repeal. Then you hear Ryan saying that “everybody can’t get what they want” when it comes to healthcare.
In the ad, you see Bryce’s mother talking about her MS and how she takes up to 20 medications for it, in which Bryce says “no doubt in [his] mind the other people don’t have what she has.”
There are a lot of blows to Washington and Paul Ryan in the ad, with Bryce saying that “the system is extremely flawed.” He then goes on and says that he decided to run because “not everyone is seated at the table” and he believes “it time to make a bigger table.” He also points out that “he can do so much more.” He was brought up to believe “if someone falls behind, we’re so much stronger if we carry them with us,” meaning that we should all look out for each other. He concludes by inviting Ryan to trade places with him and go work iron while Bryce goes to Washington.
In a statement, Bryce said,
“My values are my neighbors’ values, and we know that Washington has gotten way off track. Whether it’s healthcare, jobs, national security, education, or the environment, there’s not one issue where Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are headed in the right direction. It’s time for a change in Congress.”
Bryce has run for Wisconsin’s Legislature in 2012, a 10-way primary for Racine County Board of Education in 2013 and 2014 but lost. Bryce says he’s learned from his losses and he plans to raise at least $2 million for this current run.
“I’ve learned a lot,” Bryce said. “The people of Wisconsin know who I am. I have community roots.”
The campaign manager for New York Democratic politicians Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bill Hyer, has signed to help Bryce with his run.
Other people running against Ryan are David Yankovich, an Ohio Democratic activist and Republican Paul Nehlen, who lost to Ryan by 68% to Ryan in the last primary.
You can watch the campaign ad below:
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) June 20, 2017