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Former Rep. Walsh Launches PAC to Challenge Rove’s Influence

Tuesday, 05 Feb 2013 02:50 PM

By Cyrus Afzali

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A former Illinois Republican Congressman backed by the tea party launched a new political action committee Tuesday to give ultra-conservatives a better chance at winning primary elections.

Former Rep. Joe Walsh Tuesday first announced via Twitter that he was launching the PAC “to support freedom loving conservative alternatives” to Karl Rove. Rove’s American Crossroads put an estimated $300 million into the November 2012 election, although more than half of that figure — $171 million — was used to buy negative ads against President Barack Obama.

Walsh has been critical of Rove’s election moves, taking to Facebook this week to point to the losing selections Rove has made over the years.

“If we had listened to Karl Rove in 2010, there would be no Sen. Marco Rubio. Rove backed Charlie Crist, who was last seen raving about President Obama at the Democrat National Convention last year,” Walsh said on his page.

He also said Republican conservatives such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would not have gotten elected if it were up to Rove.

“In fact, if we had listened to Karl Rove in 2010, there never would have been a Congressman Joe Walsh. Rove thought openly tea party candidates like Walsh couldn't win,” Walsh writes on Facebook.

“Lee, Paul, Rubio, Cruz, Walsh . . . all too darn conservative for Karl Rove,” he added. “Game on, Mr. Rove. Let the fight for the soul of the Republican Party begin.”

Since breaking onto the political scene, Walsh has consistently challenged the Republican establishment. Elected during the tea party wave of 2010, he often criticized the Republican Party and was strongly backed by Freedom Works, a grassroots political group.



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