If you were forced to choose between Joe Walsh and Sarah Palin to represent you in Congress, who would you choose? Death is not an option.
Fortunately, the countdown on the amount of time we have to listen to Congressman Walsh may be winding down, if fundraising for the 8th Congressional seat is an indicator of strength. Tammy Duckworth, Joe Walsh’s challenger for the 8th Congressional District seat, raised nearly $900,000.00 last quarter, which her campaign claims is "the highest quarter for any House challenger from either party." She has raised just over $1 million for the general election against Walsh.
Tammy Duckworth, most recently an Assistant Secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs, won a purple heart for her service in the Iraq War; she is also a double amputee, having lost two limbs in that war.
She is running against incumbent Joe Walsh. Remember, Joe "insert foot in mouth" Walsh, who makes Bill S. Preston, Esquire, from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, look like Albert Einstein.
He most recently made an ass of himself on CNN with Ashleigh Banfield, when she cornered him on his statement that Tammy Duckworth’s combat service in Iraq did not make her a hero. Prior to his appearance with Banfield, Walsh said the following about his opponent:
"What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran, ehhh."
He also said at a town hall event: "Now I’m running against a woman who, my God, that’s all she talks about. Our true heroes, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about."
That wasn’t the first time Walsh made national headlines. A couple weeks before the Duckworth dustup, Congressman Walsh said: "The Democratic Party promises groups of people everything. They want the Hispanic vote. They want Hispanics to be dependent upon government. Just like they got African-Americans dependent upon government."
Last year, his former wife took him to court for over $100,000 in child support arrearage also made headlines. The irony of that headline is Joe Walsh’s doctrine of fiscal responsibility. The man foaming at the mouth on Obama’s fiscal irresponsibility should not be a dead beat dad.
Although Duckworth had a strong second quarter, Walsh had over $600,000 cash on hand in mid April. I have not found current figures on his fundraising.
But Duckworth wouldn’t have raised nearly $900,000 if it wasn’t for Walsh’s mouth. After questioning whether she was a "true hero," Duckworth was invited on several news outlets and raised a significant amount of money to unseat Walsh.
Unseating Walsh should be a priority for everyone in the redrawn 8th Congressional District, because having such a buffoon as a representative reflects poorly on that district and our state. Ironic that the state of Illinois should worry about our reputation because of Joe Walsh, considering the famous (and infamous) politicians that call our state home.
Hopefully, the voters in the 8th Congressional District give Joe Walsh a one way ticket back home from Washington. Joe Walsh is the posterboy for congressional dysfunction. Rather than attempting to solve problems by crossing the aisle and seeking a working compromise, he shouts across it and promises its his way or the highway. For Congress to work, it needs better people than Joe Walsh.
Filed under: Illinois Politics