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Grow Up and Be Free: Ex-U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh files papers for new PAC

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***Updated with comments from Joe Walsh ***

Former Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to form a new PAC.

Its name: Grow Up & Be Free.

"What I'm doing is I've been traveling the state for the last four months. We are trying to grow a movement of people in Illinois to tell their politicians - they want to grow up, keep more of what we've make... We already have 2,000 members," Walsh told the Sun-Times on Tuesday.
Walsh said he wants to grow the movement "so it's a force in Illinois," and is positioned to support Illinois candidates.
Walsh said he wants it to be a grass-roots movement in Illinois then possibly branch out to support national candidates.

Anthony Barry, who has worked with Walsh in his past campaign, told the Sun-Times on Tuesday the reason behind the political action committee.

"He set up a leadership PAC to support real conservative candidates who believe in the principles of freedom and liberty," Barry said.
As far as who's supporting it: "It's just getting off the ground," Barry said.

Papers filed with the FEC show that Walsh's wife, Helene Miller-Walsh is listed as treasurer.

Walsh lost in a bid for reelection to U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth last fall.
He has since landed a radio gig on AM 560 The Answer.

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