Translation: fortune favors the bold
The Latin proverb is the first thing that came to mind when I heard former Congressman Joe Walsh (R, IL), who represented the IL-08 congressional district under the 2000 reapportionment for 1 term, officially jumped into the 2020 Republican presidential election to challenge President Donald Trump.
In his announcement video, Walsh, age 57, tells his potential supporters to “Be Brave”, which is why the Latin proverb in the title is appropriate to Mr. Walsh and anyone who will support Walsh’s candidacy, either openly or behind the scenes.
And it is official, here is his FEC Statement of Organization filing data effective today, 8/25/19:
And here is Walsh’s FEC Statement of Candidacy information:
And here is the tweet from Joe Walsh himself from his @WalshFreedom Twitter account which sat at 211K followers at 1PM CDT, and just ticked up to 213K at 2:30PM:
Given Mr. Walsh represented much of McHenry County during his term in the House during the 112th Congress (2011-2013) and is a resident of the current IL-14 district, Mr. Walsh’s campaign will have an impact on McHenry County voters, and all voters in IL-14. Therefore, McHenry County Blog will bring articles from the presidential campaign trail as they impact McHenry County and the IL-14 and IL-06 congressional races in particular.
Of the current 7 IL-14 Republican candidates for Congress, there are varying degrees of history and support for President Trump. Those will be explored, since they will be part of the record. Yes, the IL-14 Republican primary is its own race, but like it or not, President Trump was going to be an issue for any congressional candidate next year, especially for the winner of the Republican primary who will compete with Congresswoman Underwood in the General Election next year.
For now and if McHenry County Blog readers have not done so already, review the Walsh announcement video and his August 14 column published in the New York Times. Something said in Walsh’s video which resonates here on McHenry County Blog is President Trump’s wrongful tweets on July 14. The article published the day after on this blog can be seen here.
The Walsh candidacy was and will likely be a topic of conversation both on TV and radio today and for the next few days if not weeks. One place will likely be tonight’s broadcast of Beyond the Beltway which can be heard on WLS radio. I will likely be on the YouTube live-chat tonight, starting at 6PM, and will hear what Mr. DuMont and his guests think about the Walsh primary challenge against President Trump.
It should be an interesting show tonight. Maybe I will “see” you there.