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posted: 10/14/2012 4:40 AM

Joe Walsh is his own man

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The November General Election is coming up fast and voters have a clear distinction with local and national candidates. Here in the Northwest suburbs, there is a critical race in the 8th Congressional District that pits fiscally conservative and outspoken Republican Joe Walsh against disabled veteran Tammy Duckworth. I enthusiastically support Joe Walsh.

Congressman Walsh is well known for holding more than 100 town hall meetings for his constituents and confronting the fiscal realities of overspending and unfunded liabilities. My neighbors keep telling me how disappointed they are with cookie-cutter politicians who just repeat talking points and are too afraid to share how they really feel about controversial issues. Walsh has never been too afraid to address complex and controversial issues. Walsh has also been a tireless worker for the district. In one weekend he may speak in front of a senior group, a chamber of commerce, local mayors, and walk in a parade or two. I can't imagine another politician who is more accessible and accountable to the public as Joe is.

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By contrast, Duckworth has been absent from the district, forums, and events since her campaign began. Her campaign is more about slick mailers and TV commercials than discussing or debating the issues.

I was hoping to hear her explain the reasons why she supports increasing taxes on small businesses at a local forum, but she was absent. This was not the first forum Duckworth chose not to attend. If Duckworth is too afraid to listen to her constituents here in the district, how will she stand up to the Chinese for unfair trade tactics or represent us against lobbyists from the pharmaceutical industry?

With many crucial fiscal realities facing our nation and families, I'm glad we have a regular Joe to send to Washington!

Allen Skillicorn

East Dundee Trustee

Heather Skillicorn

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