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*** UPDATED x1 - “They can’t kill each other fast enough on the south and southwest sides” *** Helene Miller Walsh gets Sauer seat

Monday, Aug 20, 2018

* I discussed this with subscribers today, so we’ll just stick with what’s already been posted. Tribune

Helene Miller Walsh, the wife of conservative radio host and former GOP U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, has been picked to fill the state House vacancy of a former Republican lawmaker who stepped down after being accused of sending an ex-girlfriend’s nude photos to other men online.

Nick Sauer, of Lake Barrington, resigned from his Illinois House seat this month after the accusations surfaced in a Politico report. Local Republican officials on Saturday chose Walsh to replace Sauer both in the General Assembly and on the November ballot.

Now, Walsh faces the potentially difficult task of building a campaign in the short few months before the election. She will run against Mary Edly-Allen, a teacher from Libertyville, in the race to represent a central and southern Lake County district in the state legislature.

* Daily Herald

“I’m really angry about what’s going on in this state,” Miller Walsh said. “People are leaving and have already left. I’m tired of what’s going on.”

She also said that, as a legislator, she wants to help the black community. Miller Walsh is a five-year advisory board member at Project H.O.O.D., an inner city nonprofit organization started by Pastor Corey Brooks in 2012 to help people become peacemakers, problem solvers, leaders and entrepreneurs in their communities.

“We all want the same thing, ultimately,” said Miller Walsh, a lifelong Chicago-area resident. “We all want to be able to live our lives with a lot less government interference. And we are responsible for ourselves. We’re no different up here in Mundelein than they are on the South Side (of Chicago).” […]

“When people came to her, she said to me, ‘You know what, I’ve got a chance to do my part to fight for Illinois,’” [Joe Walsh] said. “I think she’ll make a great candidate because she’s the epitome of a citizen legislator. She ain’t a professional politician, that is for sure.”

* I tweeted about this over the weekend…


*** UPDATE *** It’s noted above that she is an advisory board member to Pastor Corey Brooks’ Project H.O.O.D. But check out this Facebook post…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

62 Comments
  1. - Not Rich - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:27 am:

    Unless there is a Blue Sunami, this district is too R.. but it will cost some money to defend now..


  2. - Colin O'Scopy - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:28 am:

    =started by Pastor Corey Brooks=

    You had me until you lost me. Just kidding, you never had me.


  3. - Charry - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:29 am:

    Walsh is a known anti-Semite and clearly has racial bias. This is an embarrassing pick for the Lake county GOP and I encourage my fellow republicans in that area to abstain from voting in that election. We can not progress forward with people like this dragging us down.


  4. - Rich Miller - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:35 am:

    ===I encourage my fellow republicans in that area===

    lol

    I’m thinking your unsigned message won’t be heeded.


  5. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:37 am:

    Is that facebook record for real? Were the other applicants considered too extreme, or not enough?


  6. - 47th Ward - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:47 am:

    ===We all want to be able to live our lives with a lot less government interference. And we are responsible for ourselves.===

    Somebody help me out here, what government interference is she talking about here? How does the government interfere in the life of Helene Miller Walsh?

    Part of the conservative playbook: invent a problem caused by “the government” and promise to solve it if elected. This is how people like her husband got the Tea Party folks all riled up about the deficit when the President was a Democrat and they are silent now when Republicans are in power and the deficit is far worse.

    And gullible people will believe it.


  7. - lakeside - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:48 am:

    I wonder what an eyeroll from every member of the house in unison sounds like. Imagine we’ll find out during veto.


  8. - ZC - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:52 am:

    He’s just getting started but keep an eye on Adam Didech; he’s an intellectually smart guy who also knows how campaigns are run.


  9. - Phil King - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:53 am:

    Democrats love to tear down strong Republican women. They do the same to Republican black men and women.

    If you don’t fit their narrative, you’re a threat.

    Her husband is a talk radio host, so some of the language is a bit overblown, but the sentiment of what she said about divided America is absolutely true.


  10. - waker - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:55 am:

    Potential Ives replacement in House.


  11. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:55 am:

    Project HOOD has a partnership with Pritzker’s 1871. Small world.


  12. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:56 am:

    Don’t know a darned thing about her so i guess it is the choice of the Republican leaders. However, isn’t there a Republican up there with some kind of electoral experience, a mayor, county board guy (although looks like Republicans have problems on board level too) that wants to move on? I like experience. But on good side Joe must be current on any child support he owes her.


  13. - Pundent - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:57 am:

    =Democrats love to tear down strong Republican women.=

    I don’t consider myself a Democrat or a Republican so argument is lost on me. But if the statements attributed to Walsh are true I would not vote for her regardless of gender or party affiliation.


  14. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:58 am:

    Perspective?

    Helene Miller Walsh makes Allen Skillcorn look like a reasonable moderate and thoughtful.

    Skillicorn is worried about a “Red Dawn” invasion.

    So… there’s that.


  15. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 10:59 am:

    ==so some of the language is a bit overblown,==
    You mean like wanting to jail journalists?


  16. - Arsenal - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:03 am:

    ==Democrats love to tear down strong Republican women.==

    Democrats didn’t make her spit crazy gibberish about pheromones, my dude.


  17. - ZC - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:13 am:

    Re Phil King 10:53 am, I am curious what about the “sentiment” of saying Muslim-American citizens running for office in America is “scary stuff” is “absolutely true.”


  18. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:18 am:

    The social media footprint by Miller-Walsh is troubling that it’s not hyperbole playing to a constituency, it’s off-handed thoughts that are presented in language of someone not crafting dog whistles, but someone in their plain speak, being who they are.

    Whew.


  19. - Precinct Captain - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:19 am:

    I’m just shocked that someone married to Joe Walsh is a racist and sexist.


  20. - Albany Park Patriot - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:20 am:

    Somebody who speaks and thinks like this shouldn’t be making laws. It’s dehumanizing and gross.


  21. - OneMan - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:21 am:

    ==Democrats love to tear down strong Republican women.==

    Democrats didn’t make her spit crazy gibberish about pheromones, my dude.

    No, their socialist pheromones do my man….


  22. - wordslinger - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:22 am:

    –Her husband is a talk radio host, so some of the language is a bit overblown,…–

    What does her husband have to do with her statements? Some people don’t think strong Republican women have minds of their own….


  23. - Rich Miller - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:23 am:

    What Wordslinger said.


  24. - Demoralized - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:24 am:

    ==Democrats love to tear down strong Republican women==

    Yeah, Phil. That’s it. It has nothing to do with her outrageous statements.

    You really want to be on record defending someone who has said the things she has said?


  25. - DeseDemDose - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:25 am:

    Miller-Walsh, More “Deep thinkers” from the Republican party that know and understand the solution to Chicago Violence.


  26. - Stark - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:26 am:

    Mr. and Mrs. Walsh certainly a thoughtful bunch. /s


  27. - Crazybleedingheart - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:32 am:

    “they can’t kill each other fast enough, literally, which is why I’m so proud of my husband supporting armed kindergarteners.”


  28. - PublicServant - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:36 am:

    Well, until these goofs aren’t supported, they’ll keep offering them up as candidates. Don’t vote in this race, or any race, when your party’s proffered choice is, well, nutz.


  29. - Phil King - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:37 am:

    @Word (and somehow Rich even tho it’s his post)

    If you look at the post, most of the supposedly outrageous comments are her sharing things from her husband.

    Also, she runs her husbands business and is deeply involved in his political operation and volunteer network (one of the reasons it will be so easy for her to pop up a campaign).

    As for the charge that she’s against Muslims running for office or wants to jail journalists, prove it. Otherwise that’s just dishonest political spin from the press release of a political opponent. None of the shared images support those assertions.

    As to the update…are you trying to spin that as racist? She works with Project HOOD. I’ve been to their events. They’re fighting violence in the South and Southwest sides, so of course that’s an area of concern for her.

    Why the resistance to facts states forthrightly? Does she need to couch it in some sort of politically correct Orwellian speech to get the message to you?


  30. - Rich Miller - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:38 am:

    ===so of course that’s an area of concern for her===

    “They can’t kill each other fast enough” = concern?


  31. - Demoralized - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:39 am:

    Those statements were on Facebook, Phil. You don’t like the facts take it up with her. She’s the one that said them.

    It’s unbelievable to me that anyone would defend her.


  32. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:39 am:

    ===so of course that’s an area of concern for her===

    Left-handed concerned trolling?


  33. - taylor - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:40 am:

    == What Wordslinger said. ==
    Helene Walsh repeats the same things her husband says on social media.


  34. - Bruce (no not him) - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:40 am:

    Vetting? We don’t need no stinking vetting.


  35. - Nolan - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:40 am:

    Helene Walsh has been more heavily involved in and done more to support anti-violence efforts in the most crime ridden communities in Chicago than 99% of people in the suburbs. She’s put her action where her beliefs are and I applaud her for that. I think she’ll be a good addition to the House, particularly because she won’t be a “sheep” like most House members are.


  36. - Lake County Voter - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:40 am:

    === she runs her husbands business and is deeply involved in his political operation and volunteer network===

    So she is responsible for Joe Walsh’s proposal that we arm teachers and toddlers? And his threats of violence against political opponents?


  37. - Demoralized - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:40 am:

    ==supposedly outrageous==

    Supposedly outrageous? The fact that you don’t think what she says is outrageous is outrageous.


  38. - Arsenal - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:44 am:

    ==are you trying to spin that as racist==

    You don’t need to try.


  39. - Michael Westen - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:44 am:

    “But on good side Joe must be current on any child support he owes her.”

    Um, this is Joe’s current wife, not his ex-wife. He wouldn’t owe her any child support. Keep your smears straight.


  40. - PublicServant - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:46 am:

    Hey Phil, any relation to Martin Luther? … Come to think of it, probably not.


  41. - hisgirlfriday - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:46 am:

    Wasn’t Blair Garber an advisory member to Project Hood as well?

    Is posting racist stuff on social media part of the application process to be an advisory board member to Project Hood?


  42. - Pundent - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 11:50 am:

    =If you look at the post, most of the supposedly outrageous comments are her sharing things from her husband.=

    I thought that she was being torn down because she’s a “strong Republican woman?” Now your claiming that she’s merely sharing the invective of her husband and these comments aren’t her own. Make up your mind already.


  43. - SSL - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 12:00 pm:

    Maybe she was the least objectionable?


  44. - Boone's is Back - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 12:07 pm:

    Can’t imagine those comments are gonna rock too many boats in Barrington.


  45. - Lake County Voter - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 12:09 pm:

    ===Can’t imagine those comments are gonna rock too many boats in Barrington.===

    Not just Barrington. Libertyville and Mundelein too. Remember, Trump lost Lake County big league.


  46. - The Way I See It - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 12:25 pm:

    You can see why she and Joe Walsh are an item ….


  47. - The Way I See It - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 12:30 pm:

    Congrats in her “unanimous” selection by 2 people.

    In other news, my wife and I unanimously agreed to order in sushi the other night.


  48. - Anonymous - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 12:34 pm:

    Bet she doesn’t have any problem saying the word “Trump”


  49. - Gooner - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 12:46 pm:

    Given that this is the Sauer seat, you would think they would want to avoid controversy.

    They either did not do their research (particularly questionable in light of Sauer) or thought she would be represent the district (even worse).

    From Sauer to her really is a “Think we’ve got a bad candidate? Hold my beer” type appointment.


  50. - JS Mill - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 1:15 pm:

    =Why the resistance to facts states forthrightly? Does she need to couch it in some sort of politically correct Orwellian speech to get the message to you?=

    Nice misuse of “Orwellian”. I know you were reaching to sound alt-right smart, but that wasn’t it.


  51. - LakeCountyVoter - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 1:51 pm:

    TBH, I’m a little surprised her Roy Moore cheerleading (post-sexual misconduct allegations) isn’t playing more prominently in the blowback. In a seat that’s open due to sexual improprieties, I definitely see that coming in mailers.


  52. - Archpundit - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 3:03 pm:

    —-What does her husband have to do with her statements? Some people don’t think strong Republican women have minds of their own….

    Absolutely, though I do want to know her position on Trump as if she does share her husband’s view, that’s going to create some intraparty friction. If she doesn’t, home must be interesting.

    Oh heck, living with Joe Walsh is interesting anyway I’m sure.


  53. - Archpundit - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 3:11 pm:

    All that said, my sister has a business in Barrington–I don’t think she lives in that district though she is close, and she’d wouldn’t say things on Facebook like that (she’s a businesswoman). However, my brother-in-law who is a great guy, but a bit of a wingnut, has a Facebook feed that pretty much mirrors that.


  54. - Lincoln Lad - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 5:29 pm:

    One more thing to depress some Republican turnout.


  55. - Springfieldish - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 6:44 pm:

    Poor Ed Sullivan


  56. - Springfieldish - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 6:49 pm:

    By the way, this isn’t an anomaly. You have Joe Walsh’s biggest cheerleader in western Lake Cty, Tom Weber, running in the 64th. He spent years on the Lake County Board trying to normalize himself, but now, with Helene, it’s okay to be the fringe again.


  57. - Nagidam - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 7:19 pm:

    ==Poor Ed Sullivan==

    Rep. Sullivan probably thought he was handing his safe seat to someone that could keep it for a bit. Then Rep. Sauer decided to have a double life. Now the Walsh family comes into the picture. So we go from a cap fax golden horseshoe winner that voted to abolish the death penalty and support gay marriage to Rep. Miller-Walsh in less than two years. My times have changed.


  58. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 7:28 pm:

    ===So we go from a cap fax golden horseshoe winner that voted to abolish the death penalty and support gay marriage to Rep. Miller-Walsh in less than two years. My times have changed.===

    Wow.

    That’s really some great perspective.

    I miss Rep. Sullivan.

    We let a stranger in our house with Rauner, and Rauner invited guests willing to burn down the house.

    In three years.


  59. - Art Jones - Monday, Aug 20, 18 @ 7:39 pm:

    Can I run for two offices in the same cycle?


  60. - Ela Observer - Tuesday, Aug 21, 18 @ 12:23 am:

    ==prove it==
    Screenshots of Mrs. Walsh’s incendiary Facebook posts this year exist. Someone had the good sense to get them before her Facebook account was scrubbed. Stay tuned.


  61. - Da Big Bad Wolf - Tuesday, Aug 21, 18 @ 6:43 am:

    Is it too late to get Nick Sauer back?


  62. - Sharky - Tuesday, Aug 21, 18 @ 10:31 am:

    This just jumped up to the top of the list for most entertaining campaigns to follow this cycle. Frankly, I cant wait to hear what she will say when she starts campaigning


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