By Dominc Rushe
The Guardian (12/21/18)
Randy Bryce, the former ironworker who helped push Republican House speaker Paul Ryan out of politics, is launching a campaign to attract more working-class candidates to run for office.
In November’s midterm elections Bryce, nicknamed “Iron Stache”, narrowly lost a bid for Ryan’s old House seat in Wisconsin to Republican Bryan Steil.
The often bitterly fought campaign drew national attention in a battleground state that swung for Trump in the last election but saw Democrats win key seats. Bryce’s forceful opposition to Ryan was seen as a key factor in Ryan’s decision to not seek re-election.
In his new role, Bryce will be a senior adviser to the Working Families party(WFP), a political action group backed by unions and community organizations that backs progressive causes.
WFP initially asked Bryce to run against Ryan. “They have always been interested in getting working-class people to run,” said Bryce. “There are too many millionaires in Congress. They don’t know what it’s like to be laid off in the middle of winter and wonder: how am I going to pay my bills?”
Bryce said a couple of people had already asked for his guidance on running for office in the wake of the Democrats’ midterm success, which saw a record number of women and people of diverse backgrounds elected. …
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We are fighting for a brighter future for America. One where the economy works for everyone, not just the wealthy and well-connected. One where politicians are accountable to working people, instead of Wall Street lobbyists and corporate CEOs. One where all of us, no matter where we come from, can find a good job, get healthcare when we need it, afford a home, send our kids to good schools, and have a secure retirement.
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