Jeremy Ryan, referred to by conservatives media as “Segway Boy”, is an American protester. In 2011, he was called "the face of the Wisconsin Capitol Protests" which included the Capitol Occupation, the movement that some claim inspired the Occupy movement. He is also known widely under his trade name of NFT Demon. The protests were against Scott Walker's Act 10. Ryan became notable during his frequent protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. He often used a segway vehicle to get around the capitol, earning him the name, “Segway Jeremy”.[1][2] Ryan is the founding director of Defending Wisconsin Political Action Committee, that took part in the attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker in 2011–2012.[3] Ryan is most known for his continuous protests against Wisconsin Department of Administration's rules prohibiting the use of signs in the rotunda. The rules were later revoked.[4][5] He supports marijuana legalization.[5] In 2022, Jeremy became a Y00ts-Yacht-Club mega whale[6].

Jeremy Ryan
Jeremy Ryan Segway.jpg
Born (1988-08-29) August 29, 1988 (age 34)
Other namesSegway Jeremy, NFT Demon

Personal lifeEdit

Ryan moved to Madison, Wisconsin after graduating high school.[7]

Ryan ran a business called Cells R' Us Global Wholesaling and Consulting.[8] He was also the owner of a window tinting shop called Tint Tek Window Tinting.[9]

In 2021, after moving to Portland, Oregon Ryan became the developer of a cryptocurrency called Jaildoge.[10] He later became a NFT artist under the name NFT Demon, becoming the largest artist on the Binance Smart Chain and having the first NFTs on that chain to be owned by rapper Eminem.[11]

Protest activityEdit

In 2011, Ryan was involved in the protests against Governor Scott Walker's collective bargaining reforms legislation.[1]

Ryan was arrested several times and charged with disorderly conduct in connection with various protests.[12] Ryan and five other arrested protesters filed a lawsuit against the state's Department of Administration for wrongful arrest. In 2015, they were collectively awarded $45,000 in damages by Dane County's Judge Frank Remington.[13]

Legal issuesEdit

In 2012, Ryan was charged with receiving stolen property. A stolen Capitol Police jacket was found in his apartment while he was unconscious. He admitted he possessed the jacket and wore it to parties as a joke.[14] In 2013, as part of a plea agreement, the stolen property charge and three other misdemeanor cases were dismissed.[15]

Ryan was also charged for disorderly conduct outside of the Capitol Press room, now known as the Dick Wheeler press room. Ryan often taunted Gwen Guenther when she took over her father's “The Wheeler Report”, after his death.[1]

In 2016, Ryan was arrested drug charges.[16] In a plea agreement the next year, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail and fined $518.[17]

In October 2018, Ryan was arrested in Black Earth, Wisconsin, on charges of attempting to purchase "a lethal dose of a radioactive substance" with the intent to cause death.[17][18][19] His attorneys stated that, after learning his cancer was in remission, he was attempting to purchase the substance in order to commit suicide should his cancer return.[20] The charge of attempted "nuclear terrorism" was dismissed in February 2020;[21][19] On February 12, 2020, Ryan pleaded guilty to unlawfully attempting to purchase radioactive material; he was sentenced to time served and was released.[19]

In June 2020, while still on supervised release for his previous conviction, Ryan was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats against Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney and his family. The offending messages were related to protests in Madison.[22] Ryan allegedly posted on Facebook the home address of the sheriff as well as some of his family in a demand that they release Madison protest leader Devonere Johnson, also known as Yeshua Musa, whose arrest prompted violent protests on the night of June 23.[22][23]

CampaignsEdit

2012Edit

In 2012, Ryan unsuccessfully ran for Wisconsin State Assembly District 76 under the “Individual Party”.[4]

2014Edit

Despite his several protests against Republican policies and elected officials, he unsuccessfully ran in the Republican primary for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district against Paul Ryan.[4][24]

According to Jeremy Ryan, he chose to run against Paul Ryan because they shared the same last name. He also declared his intention in taking the party back to its roots.[25]

Before the 2014 election was conducted, State Republican party officials asked for Jeremy Ryan to be disqualified from contesting the primary. They argued that he misled prospective voters into signing his nomination papers thinking they were signing to legalize marijuana.[26][27]

The accountability board later approved his candidacy stating that the complaint lacked sufficient evidence to kick him off the ballot.[27]

2018Edit

Jeremy Ryan declared to run for 2018 Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary to replace Paul Ryan in the United States House of Representatives.[28][29] In this race he described himself as a Progressive Republican. His largest issue was legalization of cannabis, which he can be seen smoking in his campaign videos, in some of which he also appears to be drunk.[30]

2020Edit

Ryan briefly attempted to run for Congress in the Republican primary for Wisconsin's 1st congressional district in 2020, but did not obtain the necessary signatures to make the ballot.[31]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Karen Rivedal. "Who is Jeremy Ryan? The record is mixed". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  2. ^ Kittle, M.D. "Capitol protester Jeremy 'Segway Jeremy' Ryan arrested on drug trafficking charges". Watchdog.org. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "Candidate Hopefuls Collect Signatures for Marijuana, Nomination - Racine County Eye". Racine County Eye. May 16, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Meet The Segway-Riding Activist Who Hopes To Confuse GOP Voters In Paul Ryan Primary". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Two left-out candidates debate in 1st District | Janesville Gazette Extra". www.gazetteextra.com. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  6. ^ OpenSea. "NFTDemonAlt - Profile". OpenSea. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  7. ^ "The strange ballad of Segway Jeremy". The Badger Herald. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Challengers line up to face Cieslewicz in spring election". Madison.com. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Karen Rivedal. "Madison police 'safety alert' delays medical aid to man on 911 call". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Newsfile Corp. "JailDoge: A Project That Wants to Put All Rampant Doges Behind Bars". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved August 10, 2021.
  11. ^ Global Newswire. "Blockchain Review Reveals NFT Demon Is the Only NFT Artist with Collections Owned by Eminem on Binance Smart Chain". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  12. ^ Karen Rivedal. "Madison police 'safety alert' delays medical aid to man on 911 call". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "State told to pay nearly $45,000 to Capitol protesters".
  14. ^ "Capitol protester 'Segway' accused of keeping police officer's stolen jacket". madison.com. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  15. ^ "Who is Jeremy Ryan? The record is mixed".
  16. ^ "'Segway Boy' faces felony drug trafficking charges". WISC. November 4, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  17. ^ a b Bill Novak. "Frequent protester known as 'Segway Jeremy' faces life in prison for alleged radioactivity plot". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  18. ^ "Former congressional candidate arrested for attempting to possess radioactive material". Channel 3000. October 25, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2021.
  19. ^ a b c ""Segway" Jeremy to be released after pleading guilty to trying to buy radioactive substance". NBC 15 News. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  20. ^ Treleven, Ed (October 30, 2018). "Lawyer: Man who tried to buy radioactive poison intended it for himself". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  21. ^ "18mj143 Complaint". Department of Justice. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  22. ^ a b Wethal, Tabatha (June 25, 2020). "Officials: Man on supervised release for nuclear material-related conviction posted Sheriff Mahoney's personal info online, made terrorist threats". WISC-TV. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  23. ^ Peterson, Caroline (June 26, 2020). "Complaint details man made threats to Dane Co. Sheriff; bail set at $10k in cash". WMTV. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  24. ^ "Hulsey, protester allowed on Wisconsin ballot". Press Gazette Media. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  25. ^ Gazette, Wisconsin. "GOP files complaint over challenge to Paul Ryan". Wisconsin Gazette. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  26. ^ "Wisconsin GOP Files Complaint Against Pro-Pot Congressional Challenger". The Daily Chronic. June 6, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  27. ^ a b "Protester challenging Paul Ryan allowed on ballot". WISN. June 10, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  28. ^ "Former Paul Ryan aide running for open Congressional seat". CBS58. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  29. ^ fschultz@gazettextra.com, Frank Schultz. "Many candidates seek to replace Rep. Paul Ryan". GazetteXtra. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  30. ^ "Wisconsin congressional candidate releases new campaign video while intoxicated". CBS58. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  31. ^ Candidate Tracking by Office - 2020 General Election - 11/3/2020 (PDF) (Report). Wisconsin Elections Commission. June 10, 2020. p. 1. Retrieved June 27, 2020.

External linksEdit

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