Rep. Joe Walsh plans to make an announcement about his re-election plans tonight in downtown Chicago, and GOP insiders expect the freshman Republican to declare he’s switching races.
“After spending the last week discussing his options with family, supporters, and party officials, Congressman Walsh believes the choice is clear,” his campaign wrote in a press release.
Roll Call first reported last week that Walsh was close to switching races to run in the 8th district, a heavily Democratic seat. Earlier this year, Walsh announced he would challenge fellow freshman Rep. Randy Hultgren (R) in the nearby 14th district, a safe Republican seat.
Walsh initially told reporters he would make an announcement Monday, but he said nothing about his re-election this week. Walsh’s staff has not responded to repeated inquiries seeking comment over the past week.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.