Bryce's "Iron Stache" persona has earned the 53-year-old Army veteran and ironworker the support of national Democratic donors after a cheeky campaign launch in which he offered to trade jobs with Ryan.
"Paul Ryan's name is right here", Halabi said as he pointed to the brick signed in 1988. His work with the unconventional president led many Democrats and Republican "never Trumpers" to say that the speaker had "lost his spine".
It proved to be good enough, however, in the state's recent Supreme Court race. It will leave congressional Republicans without a measured voice to talk Trump away from what some see as damaging impulses, and it will rob Trump of an influential steward to shepherd his more ambitious ideas into legislation.
Other Republicans, such as New York Rep. Peter King, expressed wariness about the bid by conservatives, who've pressed the party not to compromise with Democrats. That deal also significantly raised United States military spending this year as demanded by Republicans.More news: Here's why Apple is offering free repairs for Apple Watch
When Ryan graduated high school in 1988, Halabi said he couldn't have predicted Ryan would be someone to put Janesville on the map.
Ryan was first elected to Congress in 1998.
Rep. Charlie Dent, a moderate Republican from Pennsylvania who is also retiring, noted the difficulty of Ryan's position.
But a top GOP fundraiser, Eric Tanenblatt, expects Ryan to remain a force in a tough cycle. "He's a promoter of Janesville and Wisconsin".More news: Highlights from former FBI Director James Comey's new book
Replacing him as the face of Medicare reform will be hard, he said.
Speaker Paul Ryan suggested his House GOP colleagues would be foolish to oust him from his leadership post before the November elections because ... he is such a prodigious fundraiser.
The Freedom Caucus, which numbers about three dozen House members, has always been critical of McCarthy, even though he's close to President Donald Trump. At issue is a resurgent move by conservative Republicans to rescind, or cut about $60 billion in non-defense domestic spending increases that were key to winning Democratic votes. His legacy includes unrelenting attacks on Medicare and Social Security. "He likes to fish and hunt and spend time with the kids and that's just the way it ought to be", said Fitzgerald.
Republicans were quick to say they would forcefully defend the seat, and prospective candidates are already scrambling to assess a possible run. So did Trump's former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, who once lived in the district. "I understand his decision to return to Wisconsin and his family, but I will dearly miss my friend". He also cleared a 2015 lien on his property last August by paying off $1,257 in back child support.More news: Mourinho reveals what he told Pogba after Man City heroics
"We can all read between the lines", Dent said.