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Walsh Skips Re-election District Announcement

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Rep. Joe Walsh (8th), not one to steer clear of attention, remained curiously absent this week.

    The freshman Republican said over the weekend he'd announce Monday which district he picked to run in for re-election. Monday came and went with no answer.

    In September Walsh announced he would run against 14th District Rep. Randy Hultgren in the March primary. But rumor had it last week he may return to the 8th district, where he'd face Democrats Tammy Duckworth or Raja Krishnamoorthi.

    "Part of me just doesn't want to give the district to the Democrats," the freshman Tea Party Republican said during a town hall meeting Saturday in St. Charles.

    It's not known when Walsh will come to a decision, and calls to his office Monday went unanswered.

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee didn't let it go in a statement issued Monday night.

    "How to silence Congressman Joe Walsh?" they asked. "Ask him where he's running for re-election."

    “Who knew that asking Congressman Joe Walsh about his favorite subject, himself and his political career, would elicit silence?” said the DCCC's Haley Morris. “Perhaps Congressman Walsh is starting to realize that redistricting lines aren’t the problem, it’s his track record in Washington as a deadbeat on jobs."