Randy Bryce + Mustache Take on Lyin’ Ryan in WI-01

You’ve probably never heard of Randy Bryce. You probably don’t know that he’s already semi-famous for being a veteran, an iron worker, and a man with a badass mustache. But you probably DID know that House Speaker Paul Ryan is the worst of the worst in a D.C. swamp full of bottom-feeders.

Randy Bryce (@IronStache) seems to be Trump and Ryan’s worst nightmare. Beyond totally nailing the branding of an Iron Worker with a bomb mustache (hence the handle @IronStache), Bryce is a life-long resident of the district he’s running in, a Bernie Sanders supporter, and strong progressive voice running as a challenger to Speaker Ryan, the face of the GOP establishment.

Bryce became interested in politics after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was elected and began enacting radical right-wing economic policies that decimated public education and labor unions. Walker ultimately angered enough Wisconsinites that they forced a recall vote to remove him from office.

Bryce was inspired to run for the State Assembly in 2012, and then the State Senate in 2014, but was unsuccessful both times.

Fortunately, past performance doesn’t always dictate the future. In his first campaign video opposing Paul Ryan, Bryce rails against both Trumpism and Ryanism, winning him the attention every candidate dreams about.

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Randy Bryce (plus mustache) photographed at a work site.

Overnight, Randy Bryce’s video went viral, racking up millions of views. Suddenly, the spotlight is on Paul Ryan’s re-election campaign, and this recent no-name (who has now become a big name) with a mustache hopes to give him a run for his money.

Time will tell how it works out, but for now, watch the video that made him famous, and consider reading more about his campaign on his website. And be sure to follow the ‘stache on Twitter @IronStache.

Nathan is the founder of Millennial Politics and a concerned citizen who hopes to inspire others to get involved in our democracy. He is on the Executive Committee of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, and you can find him on Twitter @NathanHRubin.

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