CHICAGO - Today, Congressman Joe Walsh and his son Joe Walsh Jr. on behalf of the Walsh children addressed the media to call on Tammy Duckworth to halt misleading commercials attacking the Walsh family. Walsh Jr. read an open letter to Tammy Duckworth on behalf of his two siblings after Congressman Walsh made an initial statement.
Congressman Walsh stated, "While I disagree with Ms. Duckworth on nearly every policy issue, I had always believed she was a woman of honor and integrity. For her to now attack my family is a new low that I hoped would not be achieved by my opponent."
"With that being said," Congressman Walsh continued, "I think it is not too late for Ms. Duckworth to show that she is a candidate that has honor and integrity. All she has to do is pull this untrue and hurtful commercial from the air. She can say to the voters 'you know what? I am not willing to spread lies and to hurt a family just to win this election.'" (Video below the fold ...)
Walsh Jr., speaking on behalf of he and his siblings, stated, "Our Mom and Dad didn't agree on everything, but even during the divorce they made it clear to us we were their top priority. After the divorce, they continued to do their best to provide for us financially and emotionally. Most of all, they both made us their priority during the public child support dispute last year by not discussing the case or us in public and this past April, they privately resolved their issues once again keeping us out of the news."
Walsh Jr. continued, "We understand that politics is a rough business, but these ads are wrong and very hurtful to us. It's wrong you're saying these untrue things about our Dad. Please, Ms. Duckworth, try to win this campaign on the issues where you disagree with our Dad. But don't attack him as a Father. He was and is a wonderful Father."
"Please pull these TV ads. It's just not right to be doing what you're doing," Walsh Jr. concluded.