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Walsh Endorses Serwatka for State House Seat

Joe Walsh, the figurehead of the Tea Party movement during his time in Congress, announced he is endorsing Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka in the open race for the Illinois House.

English: Portrait of U.S. Representative Joe W...

English: Portrait of U.S. Representative Joe Walsh (R-IL) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Calling Serwatka a “constitutional conservative and a true advocate for liberty,” Walsh said he was the best guy for the Illinois 66 District being vacated by the retiring State Rep. Mike Tryon.

“Paul stands firmly against the status quo and has proven himself to be a real fighter,” Walsh said. “That’s something we need desperately in Springfield, now more than ever.”

The former congressman and current talk radio host on AM560 pointed to Serwatka’s work in pushing back against millions in TIF funds the village board tried to pass through. It was that action, Serwatka has said, that prompted him to run a write-in campaign for a board seat, a seat he won with the largest vote total in the community’s history.

“Paul will tell you with conviction, he’s not just fighting for his family – He’s fighting for every family in this state that is overburdened by the horrendous taxes, the failing schools and the jobs leaving this state every day,” Walsh said. The former representative was elected to the House in 2010 during a wave of conservative Tea Party growth throughout the nation.

Serwatka said he was “humbled” by Walsh’s endorsement and comments, adding that he is proud to add his name to his list of leaders endorsign his race.

“I look forward to having the ‘Walsh Freedom Army’ join in my efforts to take back Illinois,” Serwatka said.

The northwest suburbs district encompasses all or part of Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake, Lakewood, Huntley, Gilberts, Sleepy Hollow, East Dundee, West Dundee, Carpentersville and Elgin. Tryon has announced he is not running for reelection, prompting an open race in this reliably Republican district.

Justin Shimko

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