U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-8) has announced plans to run in the 14th congressional district during the 2012 election cycle. Walsh, who was recently named one of the most corrupt congressmen, found himself in the 14th congressional district after the remapping process and will now face U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R), who is currently holding the seat.
“No matter which map prevails, 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, according to the Sun-Times. “If the Democrat map stands, 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.”
Democratic candidate for the 8th congressional district, Tammy Duckworth's campaign commented on Walsh's decision.
"Faced with running against Tammy Duckworth, Joe Walsh cut and ran," said Josh Levin, Duckworth's campaign manager. "She leads the Democratic primary 69-8%, won in the 8th district before, and raised $4.5 million in 2006. But more than that, Tammy Duckworth has a story of service to our nation and standing up for middle-class families like the one she grew up in that Joe Walsh could never challenge. There are rumors that GOP sources polled Walsh against Tammy. We don't know the results of the poll, but his retreat makes it clear what the voters told Joe Walsh -- pack your bags."