Found: Lost Congressman Searching for Tea Party District

By Sarah Burris on
November 29, 2011

Poor, poor Joe Walsh. He just can’t decide on a home! With new lines drawn, Illinois’ 8th Congressional district just became a heck of a lot more Democratic – in 2008, 61.8% of voters cast their ballots for Obama, and in 2010, 53.54% voted for Giannoulias in 2010. It’s not surprising that Walsh took one look at this district and decided to bail, turning his attention to Illinois’ 14th district, a seat that Rep. Randy Hultgren now holds. But Walsh is having second thoughts, and the Tea Party favorite is hinting that he may come back to the 8th district, where EMILY’s List candidate Tammy Duckworth is vying for the Democratic nomination.

Walsh has had a tough first term in Congress with his temper flaring in the face of constituents at town hall meetings and personal battles over his ex-wife’s $117,000 in unpaid child support suit. Walsh also supported the Ryan budget that would gut Medicare for seniors struggling to get by in the tough economy. He’s also an ally to the Family Research Council with votes to “repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice.” FRC President Tony Perkins said of Walsh and other members of Congress they support, “I applaud their commitment to uphold the institutions of marriage and family.” With this record, it’s no surprise Walsh is worried how voters will respond!

We’re lucky that we’ve got Tammy Duckworth in this race. In a match-up against Joe Walsh, Tammy is the clear choice. While Walsh has pushed an extremist tea party agenda, Tammy has been a leader for her country, helping soldiers who return home get what they need to heal and move forward with their lives. We’re doing all we can to help Tammy win her primary and Joe Walsh’s record will be a great help for Tammy in the general election.

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