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Denver Democrats book Paul Ryan challenger Randy ‘Iron Stache’ Bryce for annual dinner

Author: Ernest Luning - August 31, 2017 - Updated: August 31, 2017

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Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce, nicknamed "The Iron Stache," is pictured in a video announcing his challenge against House Speaker Paul Ryan. Bryce is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Denver Democrats' annual Edward M. Kennedy dinner on Oct. 7, 2017, the party announced. (Via Youtube)Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce, nicknamed “The Iron Stache,” is pictured in a video announcing his challenge against House Speaker Paul Ryan. Bryce is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Denver Democrats’ annual Edward M. Kennedy dinner on Oct. 7, 2017, the party announced. (Via Youtube)

Randy Bryce, the Wisconsin Democrat running against House Speaker Paul Ryan, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the Denver Democrats’ annual Edward M. Kennedy fundraising dinner in October, the party announced this week.

Known as the “Iron Stache” — the union ironworker’s appearance has been compared to mustachioed Parks and Recreation character Ron Swanson — Bryce debuted his run in June with an online video that’s been viewed nearly 600,000 times and raised $430,000 in the first two weeks of his campaign. “He was genetically engineered from Bruce Springsteen songs,” wrote one Twitter observer.

The campaign video opens with President Trump congratulating Ryan on the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and then cuts to “Southeastern Wisconsin,” where Bryce’s mother describes her battle with multiple sclerosis. “I decided to run for office because not everyone’s seated at the table, and it’s time to make a bigger table,” Bryce says. “Let’s trade places, Paul Ryan. You can come work the iron, and I’ll go to D.C.”

Denver Democrats plans to bestow several awards named after illustrious figures from the county party’s past at the fundraiser, chairman Mike Cerbo said. The Dale Tooley Democrat of the Year Award will go to former county chair Anne Murdaugh; Morgan Watters will be named the Ellis McFadden Volunteer of the Year; the Pat Schroeder Rising Star Award will go to state Rep. James Coleman; and the Frank Sullivan Lifetime Achievement Award  will go to Jan Tyler.

The dinner is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Denver Marriott City Center. Tickets are $110, with a VIP option for $150.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. Since 2009, he has been the senior political reporter and occasional editor for The Colorado Statesman.


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