Paul Ryan, left, may be succeeded by Democrat Randy Bryce, who has won on Tuesday, the primary in the race in his house seat.
Randy Bryce, a union of iron workers, known as “Iron Stache,” won the Democratic primary in the race to replace retiring speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan to decide to overcome a long criminal history, including a drunk-driving arrest and several years of child support.
Bryce stood in the race months before Ryan’s April alone and raised over $6 million — six times as much as the primary Challenger Cathy Myers, a teacher, brought.
He also won the support of Vermont sen. Bernie Sanders and labor activist Dolores Huerta.
Democrats are optimistic about their chances of of the southeastern Wisconsin district to pick up, Ryan has in the past 20 years. But opponents argue that Bryce’s rap sheet makes him unreliable and unelectable.
Bryce is arrested by the police at least nine times, according to police records, including in 1998 for the operation of a vehicle under the influence of drugs. He pleaded guilty, but initially failed to appear in court; he ultimately received a suspended sentence.
In 1991, he was booked, marijuana possession, trespassing and theft, among other charges. In 2000, he was arrested for driving with a suspended license; he was arrested for a similar charge in 2003.
In addition, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, in the last year, he was delinquent on his child support payments to his ex-wife for almost two years. Bryce paid off $1,257 in child support debt, only two months before he launched his campaign for Congress, according to the paper.
On the Republican side, Bryan Steil, a former driver for Ryan from a prominent family in his hometown of Janesville, won the GOP primary to replace in the race to him Tuesday in the state 1. Constituency.
Bryan Steil, a former driver for Paul Ryan, won the GOP nomination to be his successor in Congress on Tuesday.
Ryan’s retirement creates an opening in his southeastern Wisconsin constituency for the first time in 20 years, fuelling hopes among Democrats that they can pick up the seat, leans Republican.
But Steep is to keep on the search, the district borders Illinois, under GOP control, even if it is a democratic “blue wave”. Armed with Ryan’s approval, Steep was the front-runner in a five-way Republican primary.
Ryan announced that he would be in April, in retirement, held the position of speaker, since the retirement of former House Speaker John Boehner in the year 2015. His retirement effective in January.
The speaker of the house of representatives has a rocky relationship with President Trump, and condemned Trump’s more controversial moves on a number of occasions during the campaign. He faced pressure to step aside early as a speaker in may, when the GOP-led Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration policy bill, despite numerous attempts.
Steep a lawyer who has worked for a variety of manufacturers in the district. As of 2016, he also as a member of the University of Wisconsin Board of Trustees appointed by Republican Gov., Scott Walker.
In other Wisconsin congressional race:
— 3. District: In this Milwaukee district, seven-term democratic incumbent Gwen Moore faced a longshot challenge from Gary George, a former state senator, was convicted in a kickback scheme in 2004 and ran unsuccessfully against Moore in 2014 and 2016. On the Republican side, deliverer, Tim Rogers, Cindy Werner, a U.S. army veteran faced, who moved to Milwaukee 18 months ago from Texas.
— 5. District: In the suburbs of Milwaukee district, Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, the selected second-longest-serving member of the house for the first time in 1978, faced his first primary in a decade, with pediatrician Jennifer Vipond to your first run for the office.
— 7. District: Northern Wisconsin district, Democrats Margaret Engebretson, a lawyer, and Brian Ewert, a physician, struggled to take a chance on Republican Rep. Sean Duffy.
Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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