Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x1 - Joe Walsh responds *** Yeah, that’ll work
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x1 - Joe Walsh responds *** Yeah, that’ll work

Friday, May 31, 2013

* Joe Walsh admits that he didn’t even try to get elected state party chairman

From what I hear, most if not all of the members of the State Central Committee have already made up their mind as to who they are going to vote for tomorrow for the Republican Party Chairman. They’ve been lobbied for weeks by certain candidates, all the usual political deals have been cut, and it sounds like tomorrow’s silly, closed door process of a five minute speech followed by 20 minutes of questioning in private executive session is just for show.

I haven’t lobbied or spoken with any members of the SCC. My intention was to drive to Springfield tomorrow and tell them what the Republican Party needed if it wanted to avoid permanent extinction in Illinois. My message was going to be brief and clear — the next Party Chair had better be a reform conservative. Someone who can rally and energize the Party base of conservatives and independents behind our core principles of freedom, limited government, and individual responsibility and then develop a well financed plan to passionately take that message out to the rest of the voters in the State. Seems pretty simple to me. What the Party can’t do is pick another establishment insider who doesn’t know or care about its core voters.

Yeah. That’s somebody who would’ve been a great chairman. Don’t bother to do any legwork, just show up and pontificate.

Besides, there’s no way he was gonna give up his new radio gig for that party post.

*** UPDATE *** An e-mail from Joe Walsh…

your objectivity continues to amaze.

I never said i didn’t try to become chair — I said i wasnt going to lobby individual members of the SCC. My intention is to go down there tomorrow and make my case.

And…how do you know I wouldnt give up my radio gig if picked as party chair? Nobody would know that but me…

come on rich…do a little better

I doubt you can be state party chairman and host a radio show. But maybe I’m wrong.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - CircularFiringSquad - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 12:49 pm:

    What does it say when DeadBeatJoe claims he did nothing and yet ends up on the “short” list.
    If this is not the nation’s top CFS Idon’t know what is.
    Fire, Aim, Ready!

  2. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 12:50 pm:

    Joe Walsh, “Sorry, I lost my thought, what was the question again?”

  3. - LincolnLounger - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 12:51 pm:

    Perhaps if he had taken the same approach, he might have been re-elected to Congress. Ironic.

  4. - wordslinger - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 12:53 pm:

    Walsh sounds like the geeky kid in the schoolyard who would have won every time, but didn’t try, because the other guys were cheaters.

    I take it back. No need to insult geeky kids in the schoolyard.

  5. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 12:56 pm:

    “Dear Joe Walsh,

    Thanks. Whew!


    Everyone Sane”

  6. - Hickory - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 1:08 pm:

    Sure gets a lot of press for being a nobody.

  7. - OneMan - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 1:09 pm:

    So in a nutshell, I can make the same claim….

  8. - Stones - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 1:28 pm:

    Speaking as a Democrat at heart I would love to see Joe Walsh as Republican Chairman.

  9. - LincolnLounger - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:08 pm:

    Dear OW: Thanks for the only laugh in a miserable day (@12:56)

  10. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:08 pm:


    He doesn’t submit a resume.

    He doesn’t pick up the phone to ask anyone for support.

    He disrespects the person who nominated him by not lifting a single finger in pursuit of the position.

    And somehow it’s everyone else’s fault.

    OK. If you say so.

  11. - OneMan - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:15 pm:

    Dear Joe…

    If a vote involves a small number of people, wouldn’t you in some way shape or form want to communicate with them individually?

    Putting a lot of faith in your oratorical skills.

  12. - Sage - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:22 pm:

    So the solution to the IL GOP’s woes are to elect someone as state party chair who refuses to campaign for the position he is seeking? And that shining example will bring about the election of a Republican governor in Illinois and more Republican victories across the board. Declare as a candidate, refuse to campaign, but give a speech right before voting and you shall be victorious. All these years of working hard in campaigns was all for naught. The Joe Walsh manner is so much easier! To the promised land!!!!

  13. - Ahoy! - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:25 pm:

    –I said i wasnt going to lobby individual members of the SCC–

    so it’s essentially just a show and he’s not trying. He obviously doesn’t know how to get things done… which would make him a bad party chair.

    Their are of course other reasons, like the fact that he’s nuts, but this is just another.

  14. - Wensicia - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:26 pm:

    He wants to get publicity with another speech; I doubt he cares about the party chairmanship. He’s become too much of a lone wolf to be the head of any political faction, even the fading Tea Party.

  15. - LincolnLounger - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:28 pm:

    Of course you’re correct, Rich. However, I’ve long thought he would only seriously seek the job if it paid a salary as it does in some other states.

    It’s sad, really. He first ran for the state legislature as a self-described “liberal Republican” and was a champion of gay rights. After a series of failed business ventures and financial woes, he transformed himself into the walking Court Jester of the Lunatic Fringe. He howls about “principles” and “family values”, but there is a pattern that suggests he has little familiarity with either.

    He’s so serious about this venture that he suggested in his IR “column” that “maybe” he wouldn’t even make the drive to Springfield tomorrow. But then, there will be microphones.

  16. - Oswego Willy - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:32 pm:

    - LincolnLounger -

    You’re welcome.

  17. - vise77 - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:32 pm:

    Few people seems as entitled as Mr Walsh does. Odd, that.

    He better watch out: The crazy beat just got a lot more competitive, now that Ms Bachmann is leaving her job. Good luck, Joe! You are a son of Illinois, after all.

  18. - Jimbo - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:33 pm:

    You can be a state party chair and host a puppet show though.

  19. - Chicago Cynic - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 2:35 pm:

    My only hope is that his rhetoric-only approach to party chair means he’s really running for governor after all!

  20. - Chaves-respecting Obamist - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 3:11 pm:

    He just confirmed my opinion of people who can’t be bothered to use the shift key.

  21. - ChrisB - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 4:05 pm:

    C-rO, Rich probably just chopped off the last part of his email:

    “Sent from my iPhone”

    The ellipsis abuse must end though. I will not stand for such a blatant display of over-dramatic rhetoric…

  22. - Been-there-done-that - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 7:49 pm:

    Why anybody would want to be ILL-GOP State Party chair is beyond me, especially after a quarter-century of allowing ILL to be a fly-over state.

    It’s like being the one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.

  23. - Nice kid - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 8:02 pm:

    It’s sad when someone doesn’t recognize when their 15 minutes are up.

  24. - fake county chairman - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 9:42 pm:

    not going to vote going fishing his or her loyalty will have been already decided a party chair to who or whom

  25. - New Name - Friday, May 31, 13 @ 11:39 pm:

    Joe Walsh: making the gop smaller one letter at a time.

    If the gop loved him the gop would simply give it to him, and move his show from WIND to ‘LS.

  26. - Anonymous - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 1:35 pm:

    How much is WIND — aka Hot Air — paying this guy? I know he has never held a real job in his entire life just like his kind — Rush Hannity Beck

  27. - fake county chairman - Saturday, Jun 1, 13 @ 2:18 pm:

    maybe don tracy

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* On eve of campaign kick-off, Preckwinkle admits she fired her chief of staff for "inappropriate behavior"
* Pritzker distances himself from his pension proposal
* Question of the day
* FOP offers condolences to convicted felon's family
* Senger tries to explain her "blame Duckworth" e-mail
* You gotta look at the effective income tax rates, not the marginal rates
* I'm thinking the hat isn't gonna do well at auction
* The poisoning of Willowbrook
* Davis tries to counter claims that he won't defend pre-existing condition coverage
* "A metaphor for the state of Illinois"
* 5 questions for the governor
* *** UPDATED x1 *** House GOP Leadership, several conservative lawmakers call on Rep. Long to resign
* Candidates debate their TV ads
* Sanguinetti: "Bruce Rauner has been the only one to stand up to Mike Madigan"
* Rauner says Kavanaugh allegations should "disqualify" nominee if true
* "Vote early, vote often, whatever you can get away with"
* Dem poll has Casten leading Roskam by 3
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...






Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller