UPDATED WITH WALSH REACT TO KRISHNAMOORTHI STATEMENT...
Below, Walsh statement....
Rep. Walsh announces 8th district re-election bid
"I am running for re-election to fight for those in my district who feel like they are losing their country"
Chicago - Before a crowd of over 200, Congressman Joe Walsh announced tonight that he will seek re-election in the 8th district. While Rep. Walsh still believes that the gerrymandered Democrat map will be overturned by the Federal Courts, he made it clear 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. 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. For the small businesses who are over regulated and for the families who feel overtaxed. I believe the silent majority of voters in Schaumburg, Addison, Elk Grove Village, Bloomingdale, and across the district think government is too big, our debt is unconscionable, they don't have another nickel to give to government, and they want the government off their backs so they can work and raise their families
While the Democrats in Springfield who have bankrupted our state did everything in their power to redraw the 8th district to overturn the will of the people, I think they underestimated the frustration of voters who don't want to see the failed policies of Springfield duplicated in Washington. They want to elect someone who will stand up to big government. Nowhere else in the country will there be a clearer choice between the failed policies of Obama/Pelosi and an independent voice in Washington who will stand up to both sides and say 'enough is enough' than in the 8th district.
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."
On his decision not to run in the 14th Walsh continued "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."
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions, who was one of many Republican leaders urging Walsh to run in the 8th district, said "Joe Walsh gives Republicans the best opportunity to win the 8th district . In one year, he has become one of the most outspoken advocates for limited government and private sector job creation. He personifies the movement sweeping across this country of people who understand that Washington is broken and bankrupting future generations. Joe will make this 2012 race in the 8th district one of the most compelling in the country."
below, Duckworth statement...
Duckworth Issues Statement After Joe Walsh Announces He Will Run in the 8th Congressional District
"Congressman Walsh should know that I've never backed down from a fight in my life. And I am fighting for the residents of the 8th Congressional District."
ROLLING MEADOWS - Tea Party Congressman Joe Walsh announced today that he will be running in the 8th Congressional District. Walsh made the decision knowing that he would likely be facing Tammy Duckworth in the November 2012 election. Walsh is quoted by the Chicago Tribune as saying that the 8th Congressional District is "a perfect Democratic district probably for somebody named Tammy Duckworth." In response to the announcement, Duckworth issued the following statement:
"Congressman Walsh should know that I've never backed down from a fight in my life. And I am fighting for the residents of the 8th Congressional District. I want to get to the halls of Congress where I will continue that fight to strengthen our economy and support our families by creating jobs, providing access to health care and making sure children receive the best education possible."
"Joe Walsh's antics won't solve our country's economic crisis. It won't protect seniors on Medicare, ensure Veterans have access to the benefits they have earned, or help families afford college. The economic challenges we face right now require us to find practical solutions. I am running to replace Rep. Joe Walsh in the 8th district because the residents here want a Member of Congress who will find practical solutions, not defend rigid ideology."
below, from Krishnamoorthi.....
Tea Party leader Joe Walsh announced tonight that he will seek re-election in Illinois 8th district. This development positions Raja Krishnamoorthi, Democratic Congressional candidate for Illinois' 8th District, as the candidate best suited to square off against Walsh in November.
Earlier today--before his Tea Party meeting--Joe Walsh voted against extending payroll tax breaks for the middle class. As the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee pointed out, "Representative Joe Walsh (IL-08) voted for a third time to let House Republicans leave Washington for their holiday vacation without voting to extend the $1,000 payroll tax [cut] for 6.5 million Illinois families."
Raja welcomes the chance to contrast the Democratic agenda for job creation with Joe Walsh's ideology-driven opposition to government helping working families and the middle class. "Given my current role as president of a small business and my depth of economic experience, there is no doubt that I am uniquely positioned to deal with the serious business and economic challenges confronting our country, and to stand up to Joe Walsh and the Tea Party on the economy and job creation," said Krishnamoorthi.
As president of a small business, Krishnamoorthi is on the front lines of this economic crisis every day. Raja knows first-hand the hardships that small businesses and individuals face. Raja has to find a way to make payroll at a time when the demand for goods and services is low and banks are unwilling to extend loans for small businesses.
In response to Rep. Walsh's vote earlier today against extending the payroll tax cut, Krishnamoorthi said, "Joe Walsh's vote literally takes $1,000 out of the pockets of 6.5 million Illinois families. That's wrong and it hurts small businesses that are the backbone of our economy."
"Joe Walsh and the Tea Party claim that the Democratic agenda is a job-killing agenda," said Krishnamoorthi. "As a job creator and the president of a local small business, I am the only candidate with the economic and business credibility needed to challenge that assertion both on the campaign trail and in the halls of Congress."
FRIDAY UPDATE......WALSH REACT TO KRISHNAMOORTHI STATEMENT
FROM JUSTIN ROTH, WALSH CHIEF-OF-STAFF.....
Response from Walsh spokesman Justin Roth "If Krishnamoorthi is serious about running for Congress he should spend more time learning how Congress operates, instead of just recycling false information from his DCCC handlers"
"A 6th grader on a laptop could tell you how easy it is to look up House floor activity from this week to see that not only did Congressman Walsh not vote against the payroll tax break, but in fact there was no vote to extend the payroll tax"
Hultgren Campaign Responds
to Walsh Election Announcement
Geneva, IL - The Hultgren for Congress campaign today released the
following statement after Congressman Joe Walsh announced his
intentions to seek re-election in the 8th congressional district.
"By running in the 8th district Congressman Walsh is standing up to
Nancy Pelosi and the Springfield Democrats, refusing to simply hand
them that seat," said Andrew Flach, campaign spokesperson. "We are
pleased with his decision and wish him the best of luck."