Joe Walsh to Seek Re-Election in 8th District
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 those in my district who feel like they are losing their country.
"This decision could not have been clearer for my family and me. This is the right move for us, and the right move for the people in the 8th district. I will continue to stand up for them in a city where far too often elected officials forget who elected them, and instead focus more on what they need to do to get re-elected. I have made it clear that I will only serve six years in the House, but during that time I will do everything in my power to bring the power back to the people who feel as though their country is being taken away from them."
Walsh had been rumored to be heading to the North Shore to try to make a run at the 14th District.
"While I was encouraged by the enthusiasm I received from folks all across the 14th District, I felt at this time, with this unjust map, I had to stand up and fight. The idea of ceding this seat to the Democrats just felt wrong and someone needed to step up to the challenge."
While his supporters will point out his numerous Town Hall meetings and his willingness to speak on the issues, Walsh has also been in the news lately for yelling at a constituent and because his ex-wife is accusing him of owing more than $100,000 in child support.