A press release from Congressman Joe Walsh:
Rep. Walsh Comments on Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald Endorsement Decisions
The Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald announced their endorsements for the 8th congressional district race with both choosing Democrat Tammy Duckworth. Following the endorsements, Congressman Joe Walsh released the following statement:
“I’m not at all surprised by the decisions of the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald to endorse Tammy Duckworth.
“Ms. Duckworth has always been the preferred candidate of the elite Chicago liberal media.
“The day I care what the Chicago media thinks about me or this race will be the same day that I leave the political arena.
“I am running for Congress to serve the people of the 8th district, who are struggling to find work, stay in their homes, and are fighting to make sure that their kids and grandkids have the same opportunities that they did.
“For years, the Chicago media has been out of touch with families like those in the 8th district.
“It is no surprise that these papers lose readership almost every single year and have essentially become irrelevant and bankrupt.
“It is because the elite media does not understand that American families are fed up.
“They are sick of the same old politicians making promises to get endorsements.
“As the Tribune said of my opponent, she is a ‘more-practiced politician. Practiced, that is, in not offering her opposition targets by getting to specific on solutions.’
“I can not and will not go down that same road.
“We are at a crucial point in America, and this country needs leaders who will stand up and say no to Washington’s back room go along to get along deals.
“Now more than ever we must move past the talking points and come up with real solutions.
“The elite Chicago media will never understand that, but the American people do.
“Let us remember that if the good people of Illinois cared about what these irrelevant papers had to say, Tammy Duckworth would now be serving her third term in Congress, as both the Herald and Tribune enthusiastically endorsed her 6 years ago, against Peter Roskam.”