Nichols:  This Union Ironworker has a Plan to Beat Paul Ryan

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 Randy Bryce, with Iron Workers Local 8, reads his testimony outside a hearing room after he was not able to speak during a meeting for a “right-to-work” bill at the Wisconsin State Capitol on February 24, 2015. (Amber Arnold / Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Reprinted from The Nation by John Nichols on June 22, 2017.

“Randy Bryce thinks Paul Ryan is vulnerable to a challenge that offers voters a genuine, working-class alternative to the gold-plated speaker of the House,” writes John Nichols in The Nation. “The union ironworker, who is challenging the most powerful Republican in Congress, is onto something. He recognizes that Ryan, a political careerist who had spent the better part of three decades as a Republican aide and congressman, represents southeastern Wisconsin’s first congressional district in name only.

“Bryce has never run for Congress before. He is one of several Democrats who are either running, or looking to run, against an incumbent who will be lugging Donald Trump’s political baggage in 2018. But the veteran union activist has gained lots of attention, and substantial support, since the launch of a strikingly well-framed challenge to Ryan that goes to the heart of the speaker’s vulnerabilities. …

The Nation 6/22

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