Firing His M16 Out of His Cessna Bird Dog in Vietnam, Pilot Hilliard Wilbanks Earned the Medal of Honor

H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Captain Hilliard Almond Wilbanks July 26, 1933 – February 24, 1967.

Air superiority is often a factor in combat that can lead to a decisive victory. However, when you are flying a Cessna 0-1 Bird Dog and firing your M16 out of the side window on a strafing run, you can be certain things are not going according to plan.

Captain Hilliard Wilbanks was flying over the jungles of Vietnam on a reconnaissance mission for an ARVN Ranger Battalion when he discovered they were walking right into a well-placed ambush.

Wilbanks began to drop a barrage of white phosphorus rockets to mark the enemy positions. Realizing they had been compromised, the Viet Cong began to charge the heavily outnumbered Rangers.

Vietnamese Ranger and an HMM-263 CH-46D.

Now out of rockets and seeing that help would arrive too late for the Rangers below, Hilliard began flying low passes over the enemy as he strafed them with his M16 out of the plane’s side window. Now the subject of enemy fire, Wilbanks’ Cessna was hit, sending him crashing to the ground.

Mortally wounded, Wilbanks was relieved to hear the sound of F-4s screaming overhead, indicating he had delayed the enemy long enough. Wilbanks would breathe his last breath on the evacuation helicopter, but not without recognition of the nation’s highest military honor.

Born to Fly and Fight

0-1 Bird Dog of the 20th TASS taking off from La Vang Airfield, Quang Tri RVN, August 1967. By Sciacchitano / CC BY-SA 3.0

Hilliard Wilbanks was born in 1933 in Cornelia, Georgia. Not quite old enough to join the fight during World War Two, Wilbanks would watch the action from afar as a child and wait for the day he too could serve.

As soon as he was able, at the age of 17, Wilbanks enlisted in the newly minted Air Force in 1950. The nation was once again engaged in combat, but Wilbanks’ experience in combat would have to wait. He initially served as an air policeman with the Strategic Air Command.

Missing out on the action in Korea, Wilbanks then pursued a lifelong dream to fly by joining the aviation cadet program. After becoming a commissioned officer in 1955, Wilbanks would soon find himself over the skies of Vietnam in the 1960s, getting his first taste of action.

A U.S. Air Force Cessna O-1A Bird Dog (s/n 51-12824) in flight over Vietnam.

In 1966, Wilbanks was serving as a forward air controller with the 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron. He would fly the Cessna 0-1E Bird Dog which was used to provide close air support and reconnaissance for ground troops. At a top speed of only 105 mph, it was easy for the Cessna to find itself exposed and right in the thick of the fight.

As of early 1967, Wilbanks had distinguished himself throughout 487 combat missions and had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross along with 17 Air Medals. However, it would be the afternoon on February 24th that year that would set him apart and into the halls of military history.

A U.S. Army Cessna O-1A Bird Dog (s/n 51-12711) in flight.

Flying through the skies near Da Lat, South Vietnam, Wilbanks noticed a group of ARVN Rangers walking into an ambush and headed for a really bad day. Doing his duty, Wilbanks invited a bad day upon himself to give the Rangers a fighting chance.

Help from the Skies Above

During his reconnaissance for the ARVN Rangers below, Wilbanks noticed large groups of Viet Cong concentrated on two hilltops with the small group of Rangers headed right towards them. Making matters worse, the Rangers were about to wade through a tea plantation that would offer little to know cover. As far as ambushes go, this one was set up to devastate any who would walk through it.

US F-4 Phantoms over South Vietnam.

Without hesitation, Wilbanks took his Cessna down to the jungle as he radioed the Rangers a warning. Upon seeing the Cessna the Viet Cong realized they had been compromised and opened up with mortars and automatic weapons.

Despite the heavy fire flying through the sky, Wilbanks continued to make multiple passes over the enemy as he fired his white phosphorus rockets to mark the positions. However, the Viet Cong were experienced fighters and they knew what was coming next.

ARVN Rangers

Attempting to complete the ambush before air support and reinforcements arrived, the Viet Cong charged down the hill at the Rangers. Realizing that the Viet Cong would overwhelm the Rangers before additional support arrived, Wilbanks flew in to fire the last of his rockets at the enemy. Only providing a temporary reprieve, the Viet Cong resumed the charge when Wilbanks was out of rockets.

Fighting Until the Bitter End

Undeterred by his lack of rockets, Wilbanks continued the fight. With only an M16 at his side, he began to fly low passes just 100 feet over the enemy as he fired his M16 out of the side window. Successfully halting and distracting the enemy, it was now Wilbanks who became the target of their hostilities.

Medal of Honor exhibit in Kettering Hall at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Wilbanks continued to make multiple passes, firing down upon the enemy as they began to pour fire back at him. On his final pass, Wilbanks was severely wounded, sending his Cessna down into the jungle below.

Initially surviving the crash, Wilbanks was pulled from the wreckage by one of the Rangers he had fought so hard to save. A short time later reinforcements arrived, and the sound of F-4s strafing the enemy in his stead could be heard overhead.

Hilliard Wilbanks would make his way into a Medevac helicopter but would pass away on his route to the hospital. Captain Hilliard Wilbanks was just two months from returning home when he displayed his act of gallantry. For his actions that day, Captain Wilbanks would receive the Medal of Honor and the eternal gratitude of every Ranger who watched him fight until the bitter end that day.

Dershowitz: Woman Wanted to ‘Stab Me Through the Heart’ for Defense of Trump

H/T Breitbart.com.

The unhinged left wants everyone to believe that only Conservatives are violent,    yet they make the threats of and carry on violence.

https://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/07/06/dershowitz-woman-wanted-to-stab-me-through-the-heart-for-defense-of-trump/

Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz followed up on a Boston Globe story laying out how he had fallen out of favor with some of his contemporaries in places like Martha’s Vineyard as a result of his defense of President Donald Trump.

Dershowitz offered a few examples for host Tucker Carlson.

“People talk about parties as if that is something serious — I don’t care about parties,” he said. “I’m invited to too many. But at a party this week on Martha’s Vineyard, a woman said if Dershowitz were here tonight, I’d stab him through the heart. This is a Martha’s Vineyard woman saying she would stab me through the heart. Another Martha’s Vineyarder, a professor at MIT, Professor Nicholas Negroponte, who has previously said he wished there were no New York Times and that people only got the news that represented their own personal worldview so that they wouldn’t hear opposing points of view — same guy who said soon there will be a pill you can swallow and you’ll learn French overnight so you won’t have to go through the process of learning French — he’s leading the charge to get people to shun me in every way and to engage with me.”

Dershowitz explained that it was a tactic that was backfiring and instead helping President Donald Trump.

“They did this to hurt me, but the end result is they’re helping Donald Trump,” he said. “They’re strengthening Donald Trump’s hands. The people that shun me are giving Donald Trump and his base an argument about what the radicals do.”

Tough Gun Laws Do Nothing To Prevent Chicago PD Finding 35 Illegal Guns

H/T Bearing Arms.

This has to be a mistake after all Chicago has very draconian gun laws and these illegal guns just could not be in Chicago.

Illinois has some pretty tough gun laws. Just to buy a gun, you have to get a special identification card. Hell, you have to renew it every year just to keep your gun. That must make it pretty hard for people to get a gun in the Land of Lincoln, right.

Well, not so much.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson announced Wednesday that officers had recovered 35 illegal guns in the first 24 hours of the extended Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The seizures greatly outpaced the department’s normal rate of about one gun recovery per hour.

“Thirty-five guns in one night, that’s ridiculous,” Johnson said at a press briefing on the lakefront downtown Wednesday afternoon. “That just shows you the amount of illegal guns out here on the streets of Chicago, which is why we have police officer-involved shootings, innocent citizens being shot. It just highlights why we just have to, as a society, pass common sense gun legislation.”

Johnson said that 20 people were arrested overnight for alleged illegal gun possession.

I’m sorry, but Johnson simply must be wrong.

I mean, we’ve been assured over and over that gun control works. As such, it would seem that it’s not humanly possible that 35 illegal firearms could be seized in just one night. For that matter, the department’s usual rate of one gun per hour seems impossible as well.

“It happens because of lax gun laws in surrounding states,” some anti-gun zealot will claim.

Of course, my counter to that is if the problem is guns, why aren’t the crime rates higher in these surrounding states? Take a look at places like Indiana, a state that gets the blame for Chicago’s gun problems. You know what you’ll find? Less crime than Chicago.

Chicago doesn’t have a gun problem. They have a criminal problem. Whatever the mechanism is that creates criminals in urban centers, Chicago has it in spades. They’re chock full of whatever it is, and instead of looking at what that might be, they keep focusing on the tool being used, not the tools using them.

The truth is, the city has so many illegal guns not because of gun laws in other states, but because they have a culture that serves as a breeding ground for people who will acquire illegal guns. Plain and simple.

Remove that, and suddenly the crime rate will plummet.

In fairness, if that happens, they’ll become convinced that suddenly their gun control measures worked and they will start pushing even harder for that, so I suppose it’s good in a way that they’re too dense to address the real problem. If they did, they’d start using that as proof that gun control works, something they don’t have right now.

Not that there’s any hope in hell of anyone in Chicago of doing anything other than screaming more about guns and freaking out about objects. That’s easy. That’s a way to look like you’re doing something right now without actually having to do anything. Trying to find and deal with whatever cultural elements are at play in cities like Chicago takes time and effort.

Florida Girl Treed by Alligator, Saved by a Shot From an AR-15 Rifle

H/T The Truth About Guns.

The dreaded black gun does have a place in civilian life and does save lives.

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courtesy victoriaadvocate.com

Last week, a 15-year-old girl, Jordan Broderick, was floating on a raft in a creek in the Ocala National Forest north of Orlando, Florida when an alligator approached her. She quickly climbed a nearby tree to escape the critter.

From sunsentinel.com:

“My daughter’s stuck in a frickin’ tree and there’s gators surrounding her!” the teenager’s mother said frantically to a 911 operator. “Oh my God! Please hurry! Please hurry!”

Jordan was floating on a raft in the creek near Forest Service Road near Alexander Springs park in the Ocala National Forest, 55 miles north of downtown Orlando, when the alligator quickly approached her, authorities said.

That’s when the girl grabbed a large branch hanging over the water and climbed into the tree, according to the report. The alligator then waited in the water at the base of the tree underneath the girl hanging from the branch.

When Deputy Mitch Blackmon arrived, he found the girl in the tree screaming that she was tired from hanging on to the branch, the report said.

“My presence failed to scare the alligator away, and it began encroaching on my area at which time I fired one single 223 roundfrom my Bushmaster AR15 killing the alligator,” Blackmon wrote in his report.

Many of those who want a disarmed population claim there is no civilian purpose for AR-15-style rifles. This incident shows that claim is foolish. Modern sporting rifles, or sport utility rifles, are designed to be easy to use, accurate, and adequately powerful, without excessive recoil. They work equally well for deputies, police, or armed citizens. The rifle offers more accuracy, range, and magazine capacity than the commonly available shotgun, with less recoil.

A shotgun might have worked in this case. But the rifle showed how versatile a tool it is.

The photo above shows how big an 11-foot alligator is. One that size is about 800 pounds of very potent predator. Jordan Broderick was able to hold onto that branch for almost an hour waiting for the deputy to arrive. Not everyone will have that kind of time or ability. This is why we carry.

 

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Demand From Liberals: Democrats Must Stay United Against Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

H/T Town Hall.

In spite of all of the liberal screaming and whining, I don’t think Sen. Joe Donnally(D-IN), Sen.Joe Manchin(D-WV) and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp(D-ND) voting against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.

The reason I say that is because that all three aforementioned Senators are in the  Red States that President Trump carried b a wide margin.

For weeks, Left-wing groups have been preparing for war against the president’s forthcoming Supreme Court nominee, signaling furious opposition to any of the names on Trump’s widely-reported short list.  Activists are insisting that all 49 senate Democrats stick together to vote ‘no,’ a wall of solidarity that could help sway just two wavering Republicans to derail the selection.  It’s an uphill battle, even if Chuck Schumer manages to keep his whole team on the same side.  Both Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, the GOP moderates who’d most plausibly break ranks, joined Mitch McConnell and all of their partisan colleagues to detonate the Reid Rule in order to confirm conservative Neil Gorsuch to the High Court last year.  Each has a long history of voting to confirm judicial picks — and not just from Republican presidents, in Collins’ case.  Unless Trump shocks everyone and picks somebody out of deep right field, or his nominee self-destructs, it’s highly likely that all GOP members of the upper chamber will be on board.   If that’s the case, it’d be all over but the shouting — and it may be lot of shouting:

Under particular pressure to side with the president are the three red-state Democrats who voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch last year and face difficult reelection campaigns: Sens. Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, and Joe Donnelly. Keeping them in the Democratic fold — in the face of withering pressure from a liberal base that expects nothing less — amounts to the biggest challenge of Schumer’s 18-month tenure as Democratic leader. The New Yorker has preferred to take a hands-off approach to his moderate members, rather than twisting arms on big votes. Yet it’s far from clear that will work this time. “The message from grassroots groups is pretty clear: that if Democratic leadership can keep their caucus unified in doing no harm, we can aim our firepower on Republicans like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and bring full pressure to bear in their states,” Adam Green, co-founder of the activist Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said in an interview.

The Left plans to harp on Roe v. Wade (this is a good piece partially examining the disparity between Roe polling and abortion polling more broadly) and Obamacare — and they’re counting on Democrats to adopt a more aggressive posture of resistance: “Local members of the anti-Trump group Indivisible have been particularly vocal in [Schumer’s] home state, prodding him to actively “whip the vote” in his caucus…’People remember the Gorsuch fight. My sense is that this will be different,’ Ben Wikler, Washington director of MoveOn.org, said in an interview.”  The final mantra mentioned in the Politico story: “Keep Democrats together.”  But how realistic is that?  Three Democrats who represent red states carried overwhelmingly by Trump have already voted to confirm Justice Gorsuch; why would they be inclined to oppose Trump on such a massive stage, right in the thick of their respective, challenging re-election bids?  Confirmation votes could come in October, weeks before the election.

And what about Democrats like Jon Tester and Claire McCaskill?  They’re each far more liberal than their constituents, but if they’re feeling heat back home, or nervously eyeing internal polling, they might be swayed to back a qualified SCOTUS pick.  Claiming to be a moderate occasionally requires moderation.  I wouldn’t hold my breath, but there’s a non-zero chance that some non-Manchin/Donnelley/Heitkamp Democratic votes are in play.  Regarding Tester, on Special Report last night, I said that Republicans need to hold his feet to the fire on the issue of judicial confirmations.  Tester was a reliable rubber stamp for Obama judges — including two liberal SCOTUS picks, one of whom sided against the Second Amendment in a major case (the other wasn’t on the Court yet, but would probably have done the same) — yet voted against Neil Gorsuch.  Tester positions himself as a gun rights supporter, yet his track record on the federal judiciary is antithetical to that stance.  If a liberal Supreme Court were to jettison Heller and McDonald one day, Tester would likely object — but his votes would have made that outcome possible.  Shortly after offering that analysis on television, President Trump hammered Testeron precisely that point at his raucous Montana rally:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoI4HZjzp8Y

“Jon Tester voted against Neil Gorsuch, the incredible justice who supports fully our Constitution…I see him say all these nice things about me, but he never votes with me…Jon Tester voted for liberal Obama judges who tried to take away your Second Amendment because [he] doesn’t share your values.”

Guy Benson

@guypbenson

Trump’s strongest line of attack against Tester is noting how the “pro-second amendment” & “moderate” Democrat voted against Gorsuch, but was a rubber stamp for a slew of 2A-hostile Obama judges. Big vulnerability for Tester.

If Republicans peel off a few Democratic votes for Trump’s nominee, it’s game over.  That’s a reality because of the choices Democrats have made, from nuking the judicial filibuster in 2013, to stupidly wasting their unprecedented SCOTUS filibuster on Neil Gorsuch.  Even in this era of acute partisanship, fueled by endless Democratic escalations against which the GOP has finally retaliated, Trump should be able to get a qualified nominee through.  I’ll leave you with Chuck Schumer’s latest piece of ludicrous advice on this subject, which — much like the rest of his counsel — deserves to be mocked and ignored.

James Comey Calls for More Gun Control, Bashes NRA ‘Lies’

H/T Breitbart’s Big Government.

James Comey the crown prince of liars calling the NRA liars what irony.

During an interview with the UK’s iNews, former FBI director James Comey called for more controls on the types of guns and sizes of ammunition magazines sold in the U.S. and suggested the NRA propagates “lies.”

iNews quoted Comey indicating he is not for an all-out ban on private on gun ownership, but he does support making changes to current law, including an increase in the legal age for gun purchases.

Comey said:

Surely there are things we can agree upon that relate to who’s able to buy a weapon, what kind of weapon and at what age, what the capabilities of the weapon are, how many rounds does it hold, and things like that, that in no way threaten the rights under the US constitution of people to keep and bear arms.

He criticized the NRA as standing in the way of securing these controls, saying, “One of the worst things that goes on in the US is the current voice of the National Rifle Association, because it sells fear in the wake of any incident.” He specifically mentioned the NRA’s opposition to the gun controls which were pushed in the wake of the December 14, 2012, attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The post-Sandy Hook gun control consisted largely of expanding background checks to private gun sales. Comey voiced support for these checks speaking to iNews, but he did not mention the fact that such an expansion would do nothing to prevent another Sandy Hook-style attack. In fact, such an expansion would not have prevented the first Sandy Hook attack because the gunman did not buy his firearms at retail or from a private seller. Rather, he stole them.

Yet Comey criticized the NRA for opposing more gun control in the wake of Sandy Hook:

Their constant argument is: “It’s a slippery slope. If we restrict a particular kind of weapon or raise the age of purchase, it means the end of gun ownership in the US.” And that argument is a lie. There’s no slippery slope in America when it comes to guns. It’s a concrete staircase, which is our constitution…. We just have to decide should we go up a stair or down a stair.

Comey added, “I own guns. And yet I, like I hope all thoughtful gun owners, recognise that on the one hand it’s a right guaranteed in the US constitution, but like all rights in the constitution it’s appropriately subject to reasonable regulation and restriction.”

Comey’s statements echo those of gun control Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who has long held that government can regulate the natural rights protected by the Bill of Rights. On August 6, 2013, Breitbart News reported that Murphy told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “The Second Amendment is not an absolute right, not

Nancy Pelosi Trashes June Jobs Report, Warns of ‘Brewing Storm’ of Wealth and Opportunity

H/T Breitbart California.

Even if unemployment was at 0% San Fran Nan would be bad mouthing the numbers because it is President Trump that is responsible for the numbers.

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) trashed the June jobs report — even though it showed rapid job growth, rising wages, and low unemployment.

The report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that employers created 213,000 new jobs in June — 22,000 more than economists had expected. Manufacturing jobs in particular rose by 36,000.

The unemployment rate rose slightly, from 3.8% to 4.0% — but that was partly because so many people are entering (or re-entering) the labor force. Hispanic unemployment hit an all-time low of 4.6%, while black unemployment was at its second-lowest level ever, at 6.5%. Wages rose 2.7% on an annualized basis, only slightly below expectations of 2.8%.

None of that, apparently, was good news, according to Pelosi. She released a rambling statement warning of a “brewing storm” — but did not say what, exactly, Americans should fear:

Nancy Pelosi

@NancyPelosi

The June shows what is at stake from the brewing storm of rising health costs, spiraling trade uncertainty & an economy being hollowed out to enrich big corporations & the wealthiest 1 percent. Americans deserve better than the GOP’s raw deal. https://www.democraticleader.gov/newsroom/7618/ 

Pelosi Statement on June Jobs Report – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Department of Labor reported that the unemployment rate jumped in June and wage growth slowed:

democraticleader.gov

June jobs numbers show what is at stake from the brewing storm of rising health costs, spiraling trade uncertainty and an economy being hollowed out to enrich big corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent.

Six months after receiving their windfall from the GOP tax scam for the rich, Corporate America is on track to spend $1 trillion on dividends and stock buybacks, while announcing tens of thousands of layoffs, refusing to give workers a raise and raising costs for families.  Meanwhile, hard-working farmers, factory workers and families across the nation are reeling from retaliatory tariffs and trade uncertainty. America should be taking strong, smart and strategic action against unfair trade policies, not recklessly antagonizing our allies and inviting retaliation against the men and women of American farming and manufacturing.

The American people deserve so much better than the raw deal they are getting from the cynical Republican special interest agenda.  Democrats know that the American people deserve A Better Deal, with Better Jobs, Better Wages and a Better Future.  Democrats will never stop fighting for the hard-working middle class families who are the backbone of our nation.

Notably, Pelosi’s statement on the jobs report did not mention the actual jobs numbers.

Pelosi currently serves as House Minority Leader and would retake the Speaker’s gavel if Democrats win the November midterm elections.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News

Watch: Andy Dick Gropes Ivanka On National TV – No Word From The #MeToo Chicks Yet

H/T Clash Daily.

The #MeToo Chicks are strangely quite concerning Little Andy Dick Why?

I think their silence is because the person getting groped was Ivanka Trump.

Yo, pink, knit, kitty hat chicks — when’s your protest?

Video has been released of alleged funny-man, Andy Dick groping Ivanka on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2007.

The release of the video comes days after Andy Dick was charged with two counts of battery for groping a woman in April.

It seems to be a thing that he does fairly frequently.

The comedian had been arrested back in 2008 when he allegedly groped the breasts of a 17-year-old girl after pulling her bra down and exposing her breast, while photos obtained by DailyMail.com show Dick groping a woman at a 2003 event and a man back in March.

In both of those photos Dick has slipped his hand under the individual’s clothing.

And somehow, this idiot is not on the #MeToo hit-list.

Weird.

In 2007, Ivanka and Dick were both on Jimmy Kimmel Live and it was a disaster from the start.

Dick greeted Ivanka and asked for a ‘big, wet kiss’ according to Kimmel.

The creepy Andy Dick then rubbed his hand up and down Ivanka’s leg as she tried politely to make him stop. He then touched her arm and her ponytail.

Kimmel stepped in and brought security onstage to escort Dick off.

‘It was time for Andy to go, so I escorted him out by his feet,’ Kimmel later told Extra.

He also said that Dick was not at all fazed by how things unfolded that night.

‘He’s Andy. He’s not upset. He’s not apologetic. He’s just nutty,’ said the host.

‘He always makes me a little uncomfortable. You have no idea what he’s going to do next.’

Dick then had the audacity to make light of the time he sexually harassed Ivanka back in December.

‘The time I “groped” Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, on Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ wrote Dick.

‘Her legs were sparkling, and I was trying to see if the glitter would wipe off. I also mistakenly thought she would date me. I was jokingly carried off by security.’

He then tried to equate his behavior that night to President Trump’s actions.

‘Is anybody going to carry Trump off? No joke. Confusing times.’
Source: Daily Mail

Watch him get kicked off of Kimmel’s show for groping Ivanka:

It’s certainly not the first time he’s groped.

And it’s not the only evidence of him groping.

Here he is groping a woman in 2003:

And groping a man in March:

That guy is absolutely creepy and vile.

I’ll just bet that he claims to be one of those ‘male feminists’.

Watch out for those, ladies!

You might find yourself with a Matt LauerHarvey Weinstein, or a William Jefferson Clinton

 

Wisconsin Dem Candidate Looking to Replace Paul Ryan Has Been Arrested Nine Times Since 1991

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Having a criminal record or being a sexual predator or both is a resume enhancement for DemocRats.

Randy Bryce, the Wisconsin Democrat running to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), has been elevated by national Democrats, but he has a long history of arrests, including pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated in 1998, in addition to eight other arrests.

Two of Bryce’s most recent arrests– in 2011 and 2018– stemmed from protesting the policies of Ryan and Sen. Ron Johnson (R. Wis.) in his Milwaukee office. However, the majority of his arrests are the result of Bryce driving under the influence, which resulted in him being arrested three more times for driving with a suspended license, according to CNN.

While Bryce’s arrests in 2011 and 2018 have been reported on extensively, the other arrests have not been covered by the media. CNN obtained public records about Bryce’s April 1998 arrest in  Schoolcraft County, a small, rural county in Michigan. Michigan classifies the offense as an OUI, which is known in other states as a DUI, or driving under the influence of alcohol.

Bryce initially pleaded guilty, then later failed to appear in court in Michigan and a warrant was put out for his arrest. Bryce ultimately appeared in court again in March 2003, where he was sentenced to 65 days in jail, though the judge immediately suspended the sentence, and Bryce received credit for one day served in jail and paid $850 in fines. He was also ordered to complete four days of community service.

After having his license suspended following his 1998 OUI in Michigan, Bryce was arrested three more times for driving with a suspended license and registration in Wisconsin.

In September 1998, Bryce was arrested in Milwaukee County and pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended license, for which he was ordered to pay a $124.90 fine.

In October 2000, Bryce was arrested in South Milwaukee for driving with a suspended license and had to pay a $1,000 bond. Bryce, who had recently begun working as an ironworker, didn’t qualify for a public defender, and the court entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf. In December, he failed to appear in court and the judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Bryce was arrested under the warrant in February 2001, and after being held in jail for one day, was released after paying a $500 bond. In March 2001, he pleaded guilty and paid a $200 fine.

In January 2003, Bryce was again arrested in South Milwaukee for operating a vehicle with a suspended license, though it was later amended to operating without a license. He pleaded guilty and paid a $100 fine instead of having a suspended license for another two years.

Bryce released a statement to CNN about his previous arrests, specifically drive under the influence, saying that there was “no excuse” what he did twenty years ago.

“There is no excuse for what I did 20 years ago when I got behind the wheel and operated under the influence. I made a mistake and I regret it. I’ve worked very hard to learn from my mistakes so I can be a man my son can be proud of. I’m not perfect, but I know the struggles working people go through. I understand the mistakes that any of us can make. I’ve certainly learned from mine.”

Bryce was also arrested in Wisconsin on his 27th birthday in 1991 for marijuana possession, property damage, trespassing and theft. While the theft and trespassing charges  were dropped, the other charges were not. When reached for comment, campaign spokesperson Julia Savel told CNN that Bryce doesn’t remember the court’s decision.

Bryce’s spokesperson Savel released another statement about the vehicular arrests that occurred after his OUI.

“To put this in context, when this happened Randy had recently beaten a late-stage aggressive form of cancer during which time he didn’t have health insurance. He was able to dig himself out of bankruptcy which was related to his mounting medical bills because he started his new career as a union ironworker,” Savel said. “Randy has made mistakes, and as he said, there is no excuse for his actions. But he also has worked hard to right his wrong and grow from the experience, like so many other working people find themselves having to do.”

Bryce will face off against part-time school teacher Cathy Myers in the August 14 primary.