Meet Randy Bryce: The 'Iron Stache' coming for Paul Ryan's congressional seat in Wisconsin
Southeastern Wisconsin native Randy Bryce says he's running for office because not everybody is seated at the table, and "it's time to make a bigger table."
Bryce recently announced his bid to run for Congress in Wisconsin's 1st District come 2018 -- a House seat currently held by Republican Speaker Paul Ryan. With the Twitter handle "@IronStache" and Ron Swanson vibes to boot, the Democrat iron worker says every American deserves "a good-paying job, health care security, and the ability to have hard work pay off."
The campaign ad focuses on health care with a personal look at Bryce's mother who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
"My mother has multiple sclerosis, my father is in assisted living, and I survived cancer in my 20s to have a miracle child in my 40s," said Bryce. "What Paul Ryan and the Republicans are doing to take health care away from millions of us, to make it cost more and cover less, and to allow the protections we've gained to be stripped away – it's just unacceptable."
Watch Randy Bryce's campaign announcement in full below:
According to Bryce's campaign page, the Democratic candidate is an Army veteran, cancer survivor and union ironworker.
"I work hard and earn every penny that I make," Bryce says in his campaign ad published last Sunday. "I could do so much more, and I will do so much taking my voice to Washington D.C."
Paul Ryan on Tuesday doubled down on his promise to overhaul the U.S. tax code by the end of 2017, despite party divides on Capitol Hill.
"We are going to get this done in 2017. We need to get this done in 2017. We cannot let this once-in-a-generation moment slip," Ryan says in prepared remarks. "Transformational tax reform can be done, and we are moving forward. Full speed ahead."
In closing remarks during the new ad spot, Bryce offers Ryan a trading places proposal.
"Let's trade places," Bryce says. "Paul Ryan you can come and work the iron. And I'll go to DC."
Social media naturally exploded over Bryce's Twitter handle, with one person even joking that the congressional candidate was "genetically engineered from Bruce Springsteen songs."
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