JOLIET - Former GOP Congressman Joe Walsh may have been set back in his quest to save America from when he lost to Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) in 2012. But Walsh didn't take his ball and go home. He's kicked his campaign into high gear with a radio talk show during afternoon drive time on WIND 560 AM and a four-county Townhall tour to pump up Illinois' conservatives and Tea Partiers.
"The problem is in both parties - Democrats and Republicans," Walsh shouted Saturday morning in Joliet. "Illinois is a mess. It's a disaster. That's something you'll not hear from any of the gubernatorial candidates like Rauner, Rutherford, Brady or Dillard. It's not politically correct to tell the truth like that."
"I'd make a terrible candidate for governor," Walsh said, and a lady in the crowd shouted, "No you wouldn't, you'd be a good one!"
But that woman from Will County is likely to be disappointed this time around, because Walsh isn't running for election in 2014. This campaign season, he's helping other candidates - from statewide to Congressional districts, down to county and precinct offices. He has set up the Walsh Freedom website and PAC, and plans to use his rallying skills to get activists on the streets for bona fide conservative candidates.
Something he thinks the Illinois Republican Party should be doing? "Exactly," Helene Miller-Walsh told Illinois Review Saturday.
Walsh's campaign rallying cry is "Grow Up and Be Free," a theme he reinterated often during Saturday morning's event with the Will County Tea Party Alliance in Joliet, the first scheduled over the next four Saturdays.
Walsh's plan is to introduce candidates to local activists, who, Walsh hopes, will "knock on doors, make phone calls, and use social media" to spread the word for candidates that support these five principles:
1. Cut our taxes. It’s our money. Let us keep more of what we earn.
2. Diminish the influence of government over our lives, our businesses, and our families.
3. Eliminate this criminal debt which is bankrupting future generations.
4. Respect our God-given rights, including our religious liberties and our right to carry a firearm.
5. Agree to be a citizen legislator and not a professional politician. Self-limit yourself.
Walsh introduced to the Joliet crowd several area candidates he plans to energize the troops to help over the next year, including Caterpillar executive Chris Balkema (GOP candidate for 11th CD); Diane Harris (GOP candidate for 2nd CD); and Bob Grogan (GOP candidate for state treasurer), among others.
Walsh's Townhall series is planned for McHenry County next Saturday, northern DuPage and Lake County over subsequent weekends.
Top photo compliments of Deb Kraulidis