May 2, 2010 | Filed Under Campaign Finance, Chicago, Congress, Cook County, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Joe Walsh, Republicans, State Government, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off
-By Warner Todd Huston
Last December Joe Walsh, the primary winner for the GOP nomination for the 8th District Congressional seat, lost his campaign manager Keith Liscio. Liscio quit the Walsh campaign over unpaid consulting fees adding up into the thousands. Now two more top campaign operatives are quitting Walsh’s campaign adding to worries of financial problems, missed filing dates for federal paper work, and other questions of Walsh’s suitability for office.
Richard Cape and Ted Livengood, the campaign manager and field director respectively, have announced that they are quitting the Walsh campaign. In a recent email to supporters and media both the pair have also said they no longer endorse his candidacy. In the email are listed quite a few questions that have come to trouble Cape and Livengood about candidate Walsh.
As to the Liscio case, Walsh denied he owed Liscio any back payments (see here and here). But as to the multiple questions that Cape and Livengood have issued, no response has come from Walsh as of yet.
I have to say that when Mr. Walsh was running in the primary I was quite wary of him. I had many questions that troubled me, some of which are now echoed by Cape and Livengood. (See my original worries here)
For their part the recently vacating campaign staffers have publicly apologized for supporting Joe Walsh for Congress and urge voters to carefully re-assess their own support.
We would like to thank you for all of your hard work, but would also like to apologize to you at the same time. At 10:30 AM this morning a letter was sent to Joe Walsh from us asking him to step down and drop out of the race. We had been lied to and deceived enough by Joe. We had to go public and announce our resignation from the campaign shortly following his choice to stay in the race. We came to this conclusion after doing some intense investigations into the lies that Joe had told us since October. Again we would like to apologize for unintentionally misleading supporters and voters throughout the primary process. If we would have known who the true Joe Walsh was, we never would have supported him. Don’t make the same mistake we made. Make sure you always question your candidate thoroughly.
Among the questions they urge Walsh’s continued supporters to ask are the following:
- Ask about his drivers license and insurance (If it has ever been suspended)
- Ask him about his taxes (If he owes the IRS)
- Ask him about his questionable fundraising and accounting (If he ever bounced checks)
- Ask him if he ever inflated his donations in his FEC filings to make himself appear to have more money then he actually raised.
- Ask him if he ever handled a firearm in his life (Why he was anti gun in his past races)
- Ask him what his opinion is of Obama and then why he would hire an ex Obama intern to be his Press Secretary.
- Ask him if he has ever been evicted from his residency.
- Ask him if he has ever had any court judgments or leans against him.
- Ask him where the $28,000 he loaned his campaign came from after only making $41,000 last year and $25,000 the year before.(And ask him about his taxes again)
At this point, I am going to have to suspend my own efforts to re-post Walsh’s press releases. Once he won the primary, I was ready enough to swallow my concerns for the good of the party simply because he won the contest, but now there is simply too much damage done to his candidacy. He must be considered damaged goods at this point.
Here I must ask for Joe Walsh to step down while there is still time for another GOP candidate to try and run a credible campaign. For Walsh there are just too many messy questions. After all, how can a guy that is losing condos and having financial troubles really afford to float the costs of living quarters in both Washington D.C. and his home district like he’ll be required to do? And that is quite aside from all these staffers that feel he has misled them on multiple fronts. For the good of the Republican Party, Walsh should step down from his nomination and I call on GOP Chairman Pat Brady to step in here.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, TheRealityCheck.org, Human Events Magazine, AmericanDailyReview.com, and the New Media Journal, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events and is currently the co-host of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Conservatism” heard on BlogTalkRadio. Warner is also the editor of the Cook County Page for RedCounty.com.
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