A possible opponent to Rep. Joe Walsh dropped out of Illinois 8th district race.
DuPage Superintendent of Schools Darlene Ruscitti (R) dropped out of Illinois’ 8th district race today, making way for Rep. Joe Walsh (R) to seek re-election in the northwest Chicago suburbs.
“Today, after careful consideration with family, supporters and friends, I have decided not to run for Congress in the 8th Congressional District,” she said in a statement.
Ruscitti’s announcement comes a few weeks after Walsh declared his intentions to switch races to run in the 8th district. Walsh originally planned to run against one of his freshman GOP colleagues, Rep. Randy Hultgren (R), in the 14th district.
Illinois Democrats overhauled the state’s Congressional map earlier this year, drastically redrawing several House seats held by Republicans. The redrawn 8th is a Likely Democratic seat, and Walsh faces an uphill slog to win re-election there.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.