Single working mother says, “he screwed me over”
November 29, 2017
[Madison, WI] — Randy Bryce is back in the news – this time over his failure to pay back money he borrowed from a single mother 15 years ago. Last week, only after a reporter began digging into this issue, a Democratic Party attorney showed up to make good on Randy’s debt. After rubbing elbows with the Hollywood elite, it’s clear this isn’t the spotlight Randy Bryce wants on his struggling campaign.
Read the full report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here or find excerpts below.
Bice: Paul Ryan challenger Randy Bryce finally pays off debt – 15 years late
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 28, 2017
All it took for Randy Bryce to make good on a couple of old debts was a run for Congress.
First, Bryce — the Democrats’ best hope for knocking off House Speaker Paul Ryan — cleared a lien on his property by paying $1,257 in back child support in August.
Now, the 52-year-old ironworker has just satisfied a 2004 court judgment by paying off an old loan of $1,776. With interest, the sum exceeded $4,200.
“I helped Randy when he was making horrible life choices and, in return, he screwed me over,” Slechta said last week. “I was — and still am — a single working mother who works hard to pay my mortgage, send my son to school and always pay my bills.”
Slechta said she tried working with Bryce for months to get her money back.
She took the matter to small claims court. Because Bryce didn’t show up, a Milwaukee County judge granted Slechta a default judgment in 2004. She took the paperwork to Bryce’s mother, with whom Bryce was then living.
Slechta contacted a collection agency, which turned her down. It also proved too costly for her to try to garnish his wages.
“My only hope for repayment was maybe someday Randy needed credit and would have to pay what he owes me,” said Slechta, who works at Great Lakes Neurosurgical Associates.
“This has nothing to do with my political views,” Slechta said, declining to give her party preference. “I can’t vote for or against Randy” because he’s outside her district.
Much to her surprise, a Democratic Party attorney contacted Slechta last week to say she would be getting her money, plus interest. The call came after Bryce’s campaign was asked by a reporter to respond to Slechta’s remarks on the loan.
Slechta received a check for $4,245 over the Thanksgiving holiday.
“I was thrilled,” Slechta said Monday. “I expected nothing.”
Read the full story here.