For Immediate Release: May 9, 2018
Contact: Julia Savel, 973-525-5579, juliasavel@
RACINE, WI – With a record number of opioid overdose deaths in Wisconsin last year, and a 109 percent increase in emergency room visits due to the crisis (citation), Randy Bryce issued the following statement:
“The opioid epidemic is ripping Wisconsin families apart and costing billions of dollars, while profits soar for the companies that make and distribute the drugs that are flooding our communities. Unlike Paul Ryan, who received $175,000 in campaign donations from the pharmaceutical industry this year, more than any other member of Congress, I will not take a penny from the big pharmaceutical corporations that fund and fuel the opioid epidemic. I challenge Ryan’s chosen replacement, Bryan Steil to do the same. Wisconsin families and communities deserve a leader who will put their interests first.”
Bryce will not accept contributions from corporate PACs in his campaign for Congress.
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.