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Illinois race pits decorated Iraq War veteran
against tea party dittohead and deadbeat dad

Walsh

Rep. Joe Walsh, tea party hard liner and deadbeat dad who represents Illinois' 8th Congressional District.

“W hat else has she done? Female, wounded veteran … ehhh.”

That was U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., commenting on his Democratic opponent in the November election to a Politico interviewer, as quoted in a Daily Beast article by Michelle Goldberg.

You might recall Duckworth as a decorated Iraq War veteran — Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Purple Heart — and one of the few women to fly a Blackhawk helicopter in combat. She was doing that in 2004 when her chopper was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. As a result, Duckworth lost both legs and had an arm severely injured.

You might also recall Walsh as part of the tea party scourge that made it to Congress in the 2010 election. He beat a three-term incumbent, Democrat Milissa Bean, by an unimpressive 291 votes out of 202,000 cast.

You might remember Walsh for refusing at the beginning of his congressional career to participate in the health care insurance exchange offered to members because he didn’t want any part of a federal health insurance program. Never mind that it’s an insurance exchange in which private companies compete for Capitol Hill customers. Walsh did that despite the fact his wife had a pre-existing condition that would’ve been covered.

You might remember Walsh for headlines about being sued by his ex-wife for $100,000 in unpaid child support. The two have since settled. Remarkable commitment to traditional family values there.

But if those pieces of Walsh’s history didn’t win your attention, surely his angry diatribe during a town hall meeting at a Gurnee, Ill. bar and grill that was caught on video must have. After all, members of Congress don’t swear at their constituents every day.

Then there’s Walsh’s Wikipedia profile, which includes the following:

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He has also raised venture capital for a living, according to the Chicago Tribune[3] with his campaign website indicating that he worked for Ravenswood Advisors, a Chicago boutique investment banking group which raised early-stage investment capital for new and small businesses.[19][24] However, he never made much money[8] and has pointed to salaries of $30,000 to $40,000 a year in the past.[15] In 2010, he had a negative net worth of $317,498 according to the Center for Responsive Politics

. . . Walsh has maintained a no-compromise approach to legislating. He consistently voted against raising the federal debt ceiling and authored a balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution. During his 2010 campaign as a fiscal conservative and following his election to Congress, several media outlets reported on Walsh’s personal financial issues, such as past due child support, a recent condo foreclosure, and tax liens from the 1990s.

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There’s something about venture capitalists, isn’t there. We’re impressed with how financially responsible Walsh is. And, did we mention that since becoming a member of Congress Walsh has also been in trouble for driving with a suspended license?

Duckworth

Decorated Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, Democrat, is challenging Walsh in the November election.

Duckworth ran for Congress in 2006, while still being treated for her injuries. She lost that race but has since worked for the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, is a lieutenant colonel in the Illinois National Guard and has earned a private-pilot’s license.

Duckworth was so turned off by the viciousness of the campaign her ’06 Republican opponent ran against her that she wanted no more of politics. She lost by 2 percent of the vote. However, being a fighter and not a quitter, Duckworth decided to run again, this time in a district less tilted against a Democrat.

We salute Duckworth’s service to and sacrifice for our country. We admire her determination, decency, and her night-vs.-day opposition to where Walsh is on virtually every issue. The people of Illinois-8 will be better represented by her than they could ever be by a dittohead heel with a loud mouth and sociopathic attitude.

As for Walsh, tea-party fringe crackpot, deadbeat dad, cited by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as one of the most corrupt members of Congress . . . ehhh.

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8 Comments

  1. Dave Dubya says:

    I wish I had a candidate as worthy as Tammy to vote for.

    1. lou says:

      You did,John McCain but look what we got instead.

  2. Tom Harper says:

    Democratic strategists need to play up Walsh’s refusal to pay $100,000 in child support, and play it up some more. The “family values” demagogues don’t care about stuff like that (as long as Walsh isn’t gay), but some of their constituents probably do. From everything I’ve seen or heard about Walsh, he sounds like a completely despicable lowlife, regardless of his political leanings.

  3. S.W. Anderson says:

    Dave, I have a candidate better than the Republican incumbent. I don’t know yet how he would compare to Duckworth. I, too, wish you had a candidate that outstanding.

    Tom, if you Google his name or search Think Progress, you’ll find that my post only hit the high spots. He should be so politically radioactive that few independents and no women, not even Republican women, would ever vote for him again. Unfortunately, there are tea partyers and other resenters who think he’s their kind of guy.

  4. Jolly Roger says:

    And you can bet your last dollar (at present rates it may well BE your last dollar) that all those yellow car magnet “patriots” will wave a flag with one hand, and vote for that lying, hypocritical POS with the other one.

    Turnout is the only hope for that District. They can’t let the Klanbaggers do it again.

  5. Jack Jodell says:

    I took note of the superb candidacy of Tammy Duckworth long ago, and still urge all sensible Illinois 8th district voters to send that abusive and ignorant deadbeat tyrant Joe Walsh packing for good! Duckworth would be the ideal candidate for nearly every district in the country!

  6. Demeur says:

    There in lies the rub as the Bard would say. If congress goes on with the usual do nothing M.O. and people don’t get out to rid this scourge then it’s business as usual or worse.

  7. S.W. Anderson says:

    J.R., some of those “patriots” equate cutting taxes and gutting government with patriotism. Any damned fool who punches those buttons will get their votes.

    Jack, Duckworth would indeed be the good choice in any district.

    Demeur, it’s so true about turnout and motivation. As I said in the post, Duckworth lost in ’06 by only 2 percent. You can bet Walsh’s supporters will bother to vote.