September 24, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Randy Bryce had his red carpet yanked out from underneath him. Bryce, a regular in Hollywood this election cycle, cancelled his high-powered fundraiser with West Coast elites like Sean Penn and Mark Ruffalo. Penn is a supporter of former Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, and Ruffalo is a noted 9/11 “truther.” Randy Bryce belongs in the Hollywood hills — not Wisconsin.
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Democratic Candidate Randy Bryce Cancels Fundraiser with Hugo Chavez Sympathizer Sean Penn
The Daily Caller
Evie Fordham and Jason Hopkins
September 20, 2018
Wisconsin Democratic congressional candidate Randy Bryce canceled a Sept. 29 fundraiser that was supposed to take place at the Malibu, California, home of left-leaning actor Sean Penn.
Bryce — the Democrat who is vying to capture Republican Speaker Paul Ryan’s longtime House seat — had originally sent out a fundraising invitation to be hosted by Sean Penn and included other Hollywood actors with a penchant for controversial rhetoric. The invitation, sent earlier in September, listed Mark Ruffalo, Chelsea Handler and Bradley Whitford. Attendance for the event did not appear to be cheap, with “sponsorship levels” ranging from $2,700 all the way to $10,000.
Penn is known for his leftist political activism, but his relationship with late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez has drawn criticism since he first met with the socialist leader in August 2007. The actor met with Chavez multiple times, even referring to the dictator as a “friend I was blessed to have” when he passed away in 2013.
“Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion,” Penn said in a statement, according to the Guardian. “My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela.”
Ruffalo received backlash after posting a petition for MSNBC to stop its “white conservative hiring spree” on Twitter in June 2017. He’s also known for being a 9/11 conspiracy theorist, stating in a 2007 video that he’s “completely behind reopening” an investigation into 9/11 terror attacks after he researched the 9/11 Truth movement.
When The Daily Caller News Foundation contacted Bryce’s campaign to inquire about the fundraiser and his thoughts on the actors’ past comments, a spokeswoman denied there being a fundraiser.
“There is no fundraiser on the 29, so he is not participating because this fundraiser does not exist,” Bryce’s communications director Julia Savel told TheDCNF.
However, when asked for clarification and presented with a picture of the invitation, Savel then said the event “has since been cancelled.”
CNN broke the story in July that the Wisconsin candidate had been arrested a total of nine times throughout his life. Some of the arrests included drunk driving, property damage, theft and driving with a suspended license.
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