Speed Reads

2018 elections

Meet the Wisconsin ironworker who wants to dethrone Paul Ryan

Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce announced his long-shot bid against Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday night in a stirring two-and-a-half-minute video disparaging the Republican health-care proposal.

"I've spent my entire life in southeastern Wisconsin," Bryce tells Wisconsinites. "I can see what people need. I can do so much more, and I will do so much more, taking my voice — taking our voice, and what we need — to Washington, D.C."

Bryce — who nods to his two decades as an ironworker with his Twitter handle, @IronStache — lost races for the Wisconsin legislature in 2012 and 2014. Ryan, a former vice presidential candidate, has held the 1st congressional district seat in the state since 1999. But despite the odds, Bryce remains optimistic: "I've learned a lot," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The people of Wisconsin know who I am. I have community roots."

Those roots are on display in his moving campaign announcement, which you can watch below. Jeva Lange