For Immediate Release: February 17, 2018
Contact: Lauren Hitt,
Speaker Ryan Chooses Campaign Donors Over South Florida Teacher 
RACINE, WI – Last night, Speaker Ryan refused to speak with a teacher who wanted to discuss gun reform at a Florida fundraiser Ryan was attending in support of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce released the following statement on the event. Bryce is running to replace Ryan as the Congressman for Wisconsin’s First District.

“Last night, Speaker Ryan went to Florida, not to mourn with the families of Parkland, but to raise money to help re-elect himself and other Republican congressmen who won’t vote for reasonable gun reform. And when he got there, he refused to speak with a Florida teacher who came to the fundraiser wanting to speak with him about gun reform, and to share with him how scared her students were, and how upset she was. Instead, the teacher was asked to leave the premises.

“We need a Speaker who will listen to everyone, not just the NRA and other special interests who cut him checks.”

About Randy Bryce

Randy Bryce is a U.S. Army veteran, cancer survivor, and union ironworker. He was raised in southeastern Wisconsin, and went to public schools. Randy’s father was a police officer, and his mother worked in a doctor’s office. After graduation, Randy enlisted in the U.S. Army, and was posted to Honduras, where he earned the Army Achievement Medal. After returning stateside, Randy was diagnosed with cancer, which he survived, but only after struggling through the bankruptcy that came with the medical bills. Once in remission, Randy found his way to an apprenticeship as an iron worker, a trade he’s now been practicing and fighting to protect from anti-labor laws for nearly 20 years. Randy currently resides in Caledonia, WI with his son, Ben, who attends public schools like his dad. Randy joined the race for Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District in Summer 2017.

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