Defeated U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is going to have a lot of time on his hands come January. But don't expect him to step out of the political spotlight just yet.
"Am I going to run again?" Walsh said Saturday during his final town hall meeting in Wauconda. "Here's what I know: We're losing our America. I have been called, in whatever role, to play a role trying to get this back. Whether that means, I run again, who knows."
Walsh was defeated by Democratic Successor Tammy Duckworth in November for his seat in Illinois' 8th Congressional District. A seat he won in 2010, after beating out Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean.
As far as running for office again, Walsh hinted he has aspirations for higher office if he chooses to run again. He joked about running against U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, and mentioned challenging Gov. Pat Quinn in 2014.
“The state needs a Republican Party," Walsh said. "This Republican Party needs a Scott Walker to run for governor, and I haven't seen or heard that candidate.”
He added he would not sit by and watch a Republican gubernatorial candidate who is not qualified run for the job in Springfield.
"I'm going to stay involved in this fight."
Here's the YouTube clip from Ulysses Arn of the Walsh talking about his post-Congressional plans.
This post was originally published December 10, 2012.