Congressional Republicans are starting to freak out following the report that a Wisconsin labor activist and former Bernie Sanders campaign surrogate has launched a bid to become the Democratic nominee to face House Speaker Paul Ryan in the 2018 midterm election.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Randy Bryce, who is considered a hero by the Wisconsin woking class, has enlisted the help of a number of high-profile Democratic operatives who have helped run a number of high profile successful Democratic upset campaigns, including those of New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Bryce, who seems poised to appeal to the populist-leaning voters who put President Trump in office out of desperation, is already well-known and respected in his district, and is determined to unseat the increasingly unpopular Speaker of The House.
According to the report, Bryce has laid out a strategy for his attack on Ryan, telling the WSJ that he will seek to tie him to the failed policies of President Donald Trump.
“They’re handcuffed together. People are having buyer’s remorse and they’re seeing what’s going on. Trump made a lot of promises that I can see why working people would support, but now they’re waking up,” Bryce said.
Republicans have reason o be afraid. A newly released poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, has only 46% of the voters in Rep. Ryan’s district saying that they’d vote to re-elect him, while some 48% of the people in his district think that it’s “time for someone new.”
According to The Huffington Post, Ryan has only received less than 60% of the vote since taking office, but should the expected Democratic wave become a reality in 2018, he could be on his way out.
Additionally, as Bipartisan Report notes, Bryce’s campaign stands to rake in large amounts of cash on account of its near automatic high profile.
At a national level, less than a third of voters approve of the job that Paul Ryan is doing. Now he stands to face the first real challenge of his political career since he was first elected to Congress in 1998 —Yes, he’s been in Congress for that long.
Wisconsin, vote Ryan Out!