At the last minute, Wanggaard backed out, afraid to face the voters and his opponent.
Bryce issued the following press release in regards to Wanggaard's running away:
Today, Randy Bryce – candidate for Wisconsin’s 21st State Senate District – made the following statement following news that his tea-party opponent ducked a long-scheduled candidate forum in Sturtevant tonight:By my count, this gives Bryce three areas where he leaves Wanggaard in the dust.
“As a State Senator, I will always be open and accessible to my constituents,” said Bryce. “I’m extremely disappointed, but not surprised, that my tea-party opponent continued his history of hiding from communities across the 21st Senate District. ”
Bryce was scheduled to debate his tea-party opponent – Van Wanggaard – tonight at Gateway’s iMet Center in Sturtevant. However, at the last second, Wanggaard decided southeast Wisconsin families didn’t deserve the opportunity to hear from candidates looking to earn their trust as State Senator in November.
“I will always listen to ideas, no matter which party they come from or who offers them,” noted Bryce. “While I am running to give the 21st State Senate District the representation it deserves,it appears my tea-party opponent would rather hide from the public behind the big special-interest money pouring into his campaign war chest.”
Randy is a born and raised Wisconsinite with deep roots across southeastern Wisconsin. From serving in the US Army to helping homeless veterans find work, to building southeastern Wisconsin monuments like Miller Park, Randy has spent his life giving back to his community. Randy is a Caledonia resident, and, has an 8-year-old son, Ben.
One, Bryce is willing to meet with and listen to the good people of SD 21 where Wanggaard doesn't respect them enough to even attend a long-planned forum.
Two, Bryce is willing to work for the people of SD 21 whereas Wanggaard would represent the dark money special interests bankrolling his campaign.
Three, Bryce is not afraid of putting in a hard day's work but Wanggaard is afraid of his own shadow.