Tuesday, November 13, 2012
After his loss to Tammy Duckworth in the November 6 election, former Congressman Joe Walsh is open to a run for Illinois governor, the Huffington Post reports.
After spending $7 million on his campaign to keep his congressional seat and losing to challenger Tammy Duckworth, former Congressman Joe Walsh is reportedly keeping his options open for a potential run for Illinois governor in 2014, the Huffington Post reports. Walsh also would consider, according to the Huffington Post, becoming a television pundit, and has said he wants to be part of a movement. Walsh lost by more than 10 percentage points against Tammy Duckworth in the November 6 election.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Results came in quickly Tuesday night, and by 10:15 p.m. Duckworth was the clear winner.
Update 12:00 a.m. Republican Congressman Joe Walsh knew Cook County would be a challenge in his quest for the 8th Congressional seat, but he and his staffers hoped conservative voters from DuPage and Kane County would offset that obstacle. That was not the case on Tuesday. With 409 of the 430 precincts reporting election results by 11 p.m., Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth held 56.3 of the votes and Walsh had 43.7. Duckworth had 116,872 votes to Walsh's 97,331 at that time. DuPage County numbers were slightly closer; Duckworth grabbing 52 percent of the votes to Walsh's 48 percent - with all precincts from that county reporting. Kane County still had 12 precincts to send in votes, but Duckworth had the lead there, too. The three hours…
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Congressman Joe Walsh was accused by his ex-wife of owing $17,000 in child support.
The ongoing child support case against Congressman Joe Walsh has been dismissed. Walsh's ex-wife, Laura Walsh, accused him of owing $17,000 in child support for their three children now 24, 21 and 17. She said she had been to court several times over the past ten years over the issue. Joe Walsh denied her claims, calling them "untrue". Joe and Laura Walsh issued a joint statement today, saying they both regret what happened. "We both regret this public misunderstanding and the effect it has had on our children. Like many families, we have had our share of issues and made our share of mistakes over the years. Having resolved these issues together and cleared up these mistakes in private, we now agree that Joe is not and was not a "…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
National Taxpayers Union presented congressman with award.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The National Taxpayers Union presented Congressman Joe Walsh their “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.” According to the NTU, Walsh's 90 percent score indicates that Walsh is “one of the strongest supporters of responsible tax and spending policies.” This ranking places Walsh in the top ten of all members of the House of Representatives. The rating, which is based on every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy, assigns a “Taxpayer Score” to each Member of Congress that indicates his or her support for reducing or controlling federal spending, taxes, debt and regulation. For 2011, a total of 337 House and 234 Senate votes were selected. “I am very pleased to receive this award and am thankful for the role that NTU plays as a watchdog on the very …
Friday, March 9, 2012
The Chicago Tribune reports Congressman Joe Walsh is trying to settle a dispute over child support payments with his ex-wife.
A lawyer for Republican Congressman Joe Walsh's ex-wife told a judge Tuesday that Walsh is trying to come to a settlement over a dispute about child support, the Chicago Tribune reported. Walsh is currently running for re-election in the 8th Congressional District. Walsh had three children with his ex-wife Laura. She has alleged in court papaers that Walsh owes about $117,000 in child support, the Chicago Tribune reported. The newspaper reported that Laura Walsh's attorney asked a judge to continue the case to April 10 because the parties are working toward a settlement. In October Walsh stated that he "did in fact pay his share of the education costs for all of his children to attend Catholic school; despite Laura Walsh's claim she …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Congressman to focus on 8th District instead of the 14th.
Congressman Joe Walsh announced Thursday that he will be running for re-election in the 8th District. According to a release sent out by Walsh, he believes that the "gerrymandered Democrat map will be overturned by the Federal Courts," and said that if the map stands, he will run for re-election in the new 8th district. Walsh had initially indicated that he would run in the 14th district. "After much soul searching and discussions with my wife Helene, friends and supporters, I am here tonight to announce that I will stand for re-election in the 8th district of Illinois," Walsh said. "During my short time in Congress, I have done everything I can to reverse the failed policies of Obama and Pelosi. I am running for re-election to fight for …
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Congressman Joe Walsh is wavering on whether he will run in the 8th or 14th congressional district.
Joe Walsh, R-McHenry, is expected to announce which district he will run in at 7 p.m. Thursday in front of the Chicago Tea Party, according to the Northwest Herald. According to NBC Chicago, Walsh — who represents the 8th Congressional District — announced in September he would run against 14th District Rep. Randy Hultgren. Rumors since have surfaced that he would return to the 8th district. Walsh announced during a town hall meeting in St. Charles over the weekend he would announce where he would be running on Monday but that never did happen, according to the NW Herald. The 14th District under new legislative maps includes most of McHenry County, according to the Northwest Herald.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Congressman's area meeting to take place this weekend.
Congressman Joe Walsh will be hosting Town Hall meetings this weekend. Walsh (R-8th District) will discuss the President Obama's jobs plan, the economy and the cutting of unnecessary government spending. Walsh encourages everyone throughout the district to attend the town halls. The town hall meetings will take place:
Monday, November 21, 2011
If you don't think negative backgrounds would keep a candidate from succeeding, would you still vote for them?
Most of us want our public officials to be squeaky clean. We want them to be good looking, have great families and be well spoken. But with the media digging around and scrutinizing everything, most people wouldn't be able to maintain that image. When President Bill Clinton was in office conflicts with other countries were at a minimum, the economy was doing great and there were jobs out there. And then the Monica Lewinsky scandal came and voters were forced to think about whether they could support a candidate that had a dark background, even if it was a detriment to our way of living. Lennie Jaratt, a Republican candidate for the 31st District in Lake County, is trying to get ahead of the story. He has admitted that his house is in …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Congressman opens campaign headquarters.
Congressman Joe Walsh opened his campaign headquarters in downtown Crystal Lake. The headquarters are located at 2 North Williams Street in Crystal Lake. Walsh, who represents the 8th District, has come under attack recently after reports came out that he owed his ex-wife $117,000 in child support. Walsh also recently spoke about banks' role in the economy and the housing market. "But banks are not all to blame for this mess — government policy that advocated for every American to become a homeowner is at fault for this disaster. To allow and encourage Freddie and Fannie to approve loans to people with no credit history and no money down was a disaster waiting to happen," Walsh said in a statement. The Congressman has sparked plenty of …