Congressman Joe Walsh announced he will not attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida. Walsh will instead host a series of town halls and listening events in the district to discuss the impact of Washington's policies on the lives of his constituents. In addition, Walsh is asking his opponent, Tammy Duckworth, to join him in skipping the party conventions and instead hold joint town halls and listening events to address voters' questions and concerns in the 8th district.
Congressman Walsh stated, "Not as a candidate or as a Congressman have I ever been one of the political class. I came to Washington to serve the people of my district and reclaim our country from the growth of government. Rather than mingle with Party insiders in Tampa, I will be in the 8th district to continue to serve as an independent voice for for the people."
Walsh continued, "My opponent, Tammy Duckworth, has always been the preferred pick of Democrat Party insiders from Blagojevich to Emmanuel. Despite that, I hope she will join me in skipping the conventions to tour the district to discuss the real issues that matter to real people. The conventions are nothing more than an excuse to mingle with insiders and party with the elite. This district does not want just another insider to represent them; they want an independent who will fight for real solutions to the issues."