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Walsh Changes Re-election Decision Day to Thursday



    Rep. Joe Walsh (8th) says he'll set the re-election record straight once and for all on Thursday at a Chicago Tea Party meeting.

    Monday came and went without a decision on which district the freshman Republican plans to run in for re-election. In September Walsh announced he would run against 14th District Rep. Randy Hultgren, but rumors last week pointed to the 8th.

    He told constituents over the weekend that Monday was decision day, but a peep wasn't heard from the outspoken Walsh or his campaign office. Tuesday night he broke his silence with a statement.

    "Congressman Joe Walsh will make an important re-election announcement this Thursday at the Chicago Tea Party meeting," the statement read. "After spending the last week discussing his options with family, supporters, and party officials, Congressman Walsh believes the choice is clear."

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at The Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., in Wrigleyville.

    "I can think of no better place to announce important news concerning my re-election than in front of these folks at the Chicago Tea Party meeting," Walsh said.

    If he returns to the newly drawn 8th district, he'll face Democrats Tammy Duckworth or Raja Krishnamoorthi in the March primary.