This morning, Randy “IronStache” Bryce spoke to the progressive crowd at Netroots Nation. Netroots Nation is the largest gatherings of progressive Democrats in the country with over 3,000 attendees this year in Atlanta.
Bryce opened his remarks by saying, “I am here to repeal and replace Speaker Paul Ryan.”
With over twenty years of working as an IronWorker in Wisconsin, Bryce has always been an outspoken advocate for working families. As the political director for the Ironworkers local 8 in Wisconsin, Bryce has been on the front lines in the attacks on working people from the Republican Legislature and the anti-worker Governor, Scott Walker.
After announcing his run for Congress, Bryce launched his first, powerful campaign video that has already surpassed over 500,000 views in just over a month.
Bryce told the audience at Netroots Nation, this campaign “is not about me, it is about all of you” and referred to the GOP in Washington as “Banana-Republicans” for their failure to hold town halls or speak to the people they claim to represent.
The people of Wisconsin do not seem to be happy with Speaker Ryan’s “repeal and replace” plan for healthcare and have made public calls for him to hold a town hall to hear them.
Slate magazine reported that Ryan is afraid to hold a town hall “due to the fear of protestors.”
In one early campaign appearance, Bryce called out Speaker Ryan for not holding “an in-district town hall for 600 days.” Politifact Wisconsin corrected Bryce when they fact-checked his statement and found that “Ryan has gone more than 650 days without holding” a traditional town hall within the district.
Bryce made his position on healthcare completely clear by saying, “Medicare For All should be the number one priority for this country.” Bryce praised his union supplied healthcare which helped he battle and ultimately beat cancer, but now will forever have a “pre-existing condition” that would block him from getting healthcare under Speaker Ryan’s new healthcare plan.
Lastly, Bryce talked about the recent bombing on a Muslim Mosque in Minnesota. He called the bombers, “cowards” and “should be convicted of hate crimes.”
He also talked about how as an Ironworker he has build many walls, but if he was called to build Trump’s border wall, he would tell him to “stuff it! I will not going to build some stupid border wall.” Bryce said we should not be spending money on a border wall if we are not willing to spend the money to ensure that all Americans have healthcare.
You can find out more about Randy Bryce’s campaign to repeal and replace Paul Ryan from his website.