The Capitol Fax blog is reporting that U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-8) is continuing to make waves in D.C. The 8th congressional district Tea Partyer announced plans this week to run in the 14th congressional district, against Republican Randy Hultgren, and also commissioned some polling in the district of another fellow party member.
The Tea Party Republican is also making news for his recent assessment that the media is going to great lengths to "protect" President Obama because he is the first black U.S. president.
First, let's look at who Walsh is antagonizing close to home. Earlier this week, Walsh announced plans to run against Hultgren much to the chagrin of Republicans due to a rumored agreement not to make re-election plans public until the remap battle was resolved, as reported by Capitol Fax. Walsh is already in campaign mode, highlighting his differences with Hultgren and commitment to the Tea Party:
I understand that there is another Republican Congressman drawn into this new district, Randy Hultgren, and it would be unfortunate if we had to run against each other. Randy and I are both good conservatives who share many of the same values, but there are also healthy differences between the two of us. . . . Now is not the time to have career politicians in Washington who will just get along, compromise too much and do what their party leadership tells them to do.
I said during the Campaign that I am a tea party conservative first, and a Republican second. You see, I believe the tea party movement is bigger than either party — it consists of every American frustrated, concerned, angry and scared with how big government is getting and the debt we’re placing on ourselves and future generations. This 'silent majority' has put their faith in the Republican Party one last time to get it right.
Hultgren has already stated that he is running for re-election in the 14th district, telling the Sun-Times he is displeased with Walsh's decision to run there as well.
"I’m disappointed that the Congressman from the 8th District has decided to abandon his own district to run against me in a primary," Hultgren responded shortly after Walsh's email went out, according to the newspaper. "By doing so, he’s playing into the hands of the Springfield Democrats and [House Democratic leader] Nancy Pelosi."
But Walsh says he is running in the 14th district because it encompasses the areas with which he feels most connected.
"I've decided to run for re-election from the district in which I live and where I represent most of my current constituents," Walsh explained in his note. "I will be running in what is the new 14th district which entails a good portion of Lake County, almost all of McHenry County, Kane County, Kendall County, and some of Will and DeKalb Counties. I live in McHenry and my current District office is in Northern Lake County. This area is home."
According to Capitol Fax, Walsh also ruffled some feathers when he commissioned a poll last week in the 6th congressional district, represented by U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R), as a means of gauging what his chances might be for a win there.
Walsh is also making waves for new comments he made in an interview with the Media Research Center's Brent Bozell about President Obama. The Tea Party republican pulled the race card once again with the President arguing that the media is "so vested in our first black president not being a failure that it’s going to be amazing to watch the lengths they go to protect him." Here's a clip from the interview from Mediaite:
Earlier this year, Walsh garnered scrutiny for saying that Obama was elected due to "white guilt" and his being an "articulate black man":
Why was he elected? Again, it comes back to who he was. He was black, he was historic. And there’s nothing racist about this. It is what it is. If he had been a dynamic, white, state senator elected to Congress he wouldn’t have gotten in the game this fast. This is what made him different. ... They made up their minds early that they were in love with him. They were in love with him because they thought he was a good liberal guy and they were in love with him because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.