October 1, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Randy Bryce’s latest ad is so misleading, national outlets like The Washington Post are even taking notice. The ad gets a “Three Pinocchios” for its false information. What is true about Randy Bryce, though? He’s been arrested nine times and his own brother isn’t even planning on voting for him this fall.
Read the full fact check here, or find excerpts below.
Dueling ads on manufacturing in the race for Paul Ryan’s seat
The Washington Post
September 28, 2018
Who has the most manufacturing street cred in this Wisconsin House race?
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) is retiring, and the major-party contenders for his seat are Randy Bryce, a mustachioed ironworker and the Democratic nominee, and Bryan Steil, a corporate lawyer and former Ryan aide running as the Republican.
Steil in his ad briefly appears on a factory floor wearing safety goggles as sparks fly in the background, and speaks of “working in manufacturing.” Bryce in his own ad features a woman calling Steil a liar who “has not manufactured anything in his life.”
It’s possible to be “working in manufacturing” as a lawyer for a manufacturing company, and we don’t see an issue with Steil’s ad on that account. But the Bryce campaign also pointed out that the manufacturer where Steil spent the most time working, Regal-Beloit, outsourced many U.S. jobs while Steil was an associate general counsel from 2009 to 2017.
Did Steil have any role in outsourcing those jobs? Is he lying about his experience, as Bryce’s ad claims?
The Pinocchio Test
Steil in his ad said he had been “working in manufacturing” before running for Congress. Although he was on the corporate-lawyer side of things, his work was entirely and exclusively for manufacturing companies since August 2009. Steil never claimed in his ad that he, himself, was screwing parts together on the assembly line.
Regal-Beloit outsourced a substantial number of jobs while Steil was at the company, which seems to neutralize his claim during the WISN interview that his role was to “grow” jobs in part. But there are two big caveats here: No evidence shows Steil had a hand in sending these jobs outside the United States, and Regal-Beloit ended up with roughly 1,200 more U.S. jobs by the time Steil left the company.
He did, however, work for a manufacturer whose leaders said outsourcing jobs was part of their strategy, and records show Steil did have a role in Marathon Electric and Hub City. Even if he was not part of the decision to outsource those jobs, these records suggest he had a role executing the plan.
In the end, we conclude that it’s not fair for Bryce’s ad to call the Republican “Lyin’ Bryan Steil” based on the evidence provided. The Bryce ad earns Three Pinocchios.
Read the full fact check here.