Walsh Campaign Pressing Ahead, Despite Past Setbacks
Monday, Oct. 18, 2010
"Mere months ago," '96 candidate/businessman Joe Walsh's (R) campaign "appeared in disarray." A mgr. quit, then sued him for $20K in nonpayment. The nat'l GOP "considered his campaign a dead loss and refused to fund it; a former Eagles guitarist threatened to sue for copyright infringement over a song on Walsh's website." Further, he "was criticized for not disclosing his Evanston condominium had gone into foreclosure, and two top-level staffers quit, claiming an exodus of volunteers went with them."
But Walsh "hung around." And, his campaign leaders say, he's running a well-oiled fight now, featuring 1.4K volunteers who personally distributed 80K pieces of campaign literature over the summer. And observers say the campaign, while still fighting against the tide versus a popular Rep. Melissa Bean (D), is gaining new attention, though they still say Bean has a big advantage so far.
Walsh mgr. Nick Provenzano claims that recent negative ads by Bean, including a new TV ad and mailer, are signs that Bean is nervous. Provenzano: "She felt she could hide, with no advertising and no town hall meetings. ... But this bunker strategy of riding this out went terribly wrong." Bean spokesperson Jonathan Lipman "refutes Provenzano's suggestion that Bean is running scared," saying she regularly holds resource forums and tele-town halls that have drawn more than 180K participants.
3rd Q campaign finance reports show Bean "continues to outpace" Walsh, raising $317K to his $133K. Also, Walsh "may not be able to do much spending" in the last weeks of the campaign. He has just $7.13K in CoH with $96K in debt after spending $160K in the 3rd Q, according to his campaign finance statements.
Walsh "has the enthusiastic backing" of local Tea Party groups but "lacks support" from nat'l GOPers, who "made it clear" they'd put their money elsewhere after he beat five others in the Feb. primary (Pohl, Arlington Heights Daily Herald, 10/16).