BURR RIDGE - Former Congressman and radio talk show host Joe Walsh withdrew his endorsement of Dr. Barbara Bellar who is running in the GOP primary for Cook County Commissioner against incumbent Republican Liz Doody-Gorman.
Walsh, who named Bellar in his first endorsment list released in September, told Illinois Review that the reason he withdrew the endorsment was because he couldn't see a path for her to win.
"Yes, I really like Dr. Bellar," Walsh said in an email. "But she hasn't done what she's needed to do to put together a campaign that can actually win. [Cook County Board of Reviews Commissioner] Dan Patlak told her the same thing."
Bellar said she was surprised to hear that Walsh had withdrawn his endorsement because he didn't contact her about it. "I was disappointed to read about it... I guess, but since I didn't ask for his endorsement to begin with, it really doesn't bother me that much," she said.
Bellar, who is a doctor and a lawyer, said that she's all the more determined to stay on the GOP primary ballot, saying her public medicine expertise is needed in determining Cook County's budget as the new health care system kicks in.
Bellar said she's happy her name was drawn to be at the top of the Republican ballot for the district, a desirable place on the ballot.
Gorman has been in office since 2002, and the time is right for a change, Bellar said.