How controversial is Rep. Joe Walsh? He’s so controversial that candidates in neighboring congressional districts are running against him. The House Majority PAC, a Democratic political action committee, is spending $2.4 million on ads tying Walsh to Republican Reps. Judy Biggert and Bob Dold. Biggert is running against former Rep. Bill Foster, while Dold, a first-term congressman, faces Deerfield businessman Brad Schneider.
The ads attack Dold and Biggert for casting party-line votes on three bills:
- HR 830, the rescind federal funding for the Federal Housing Administration’s mortgage refinancing program. Dold introduced this bill, which passed the House, but not the Senate.
- House Concurrent Resolution 112, the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, the party’s vice presidential nominee.
- H.R. 2, to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.
According to the ad, that meant they voted against mortgage relief, in favor of tax cuts for millionaires, and against contraception and cancer screening. Worst of all, they voted with Joe Walsh, whose most intemperate remarks are interspersed throughout. (“Don’t blame banks -- I’m tired of hearing that crap,” “I want America to pay for my contraceptions? Your kidding me. Go get a job.”) The message: if Biggert and Dold agree with Walsh on anything, they must share his extreme, outrageous political views. I don’t know if it’ll work, but I think the Illinois Republican Party will be glad to rid itself of a congressman who is poisoning its brand.