I hate to stereotype, but let’s be honest, Randy Bryce looks like a Trump-supporting, blue-collar, “make American great again” kind of guy:
Here’s the thing, though. He’s not. Not even close. In fact, Bryce is running for congress. His opponent? Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
While I think that alone should be enough to immediately get him elected, he’s still got an uphill battle for election:
His campaign announcement tv spot, where he discusses healthcare with his mother, and showing his skill in crafting metal has already reached 330,000 views—something rarely seen for politicians unless they’re running for president. “I knew that we would have a successful launch,” Bryce told the Guardian on Thursday. “But I honestly did not have any kind of idea it would blow up as big as it has.”
While Bryce has already gained a lot of popularity, especially with Bernie Sanders supporters, he still faces an uphill battle. Ryan has held that seat since 1999, and in 2016, he won by 65%. But Bryce remains hopeful, especially with the rise of progressive politics started by Sanders. He also speaks about being as close to his community as possible. He, literally, helped build it. In an interview with Don Lemon, he said that Paul Ryan hadn’t even visited the district in over 600 days.
As Democrats look to unify and solidify a message other than “we’re not Trump,” Bryce’s message is refreshing and hopeful. The rest of the party could stand to take some cues from Bryce moving forward.