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By Kerry Lester
klester@dailyherald.com

Former Congressman Joe Walsh might be headed for a radio career.

Walsh said Tuesday that Rolling Meadows-based station WIND 560-AM has approached him for a job as a talk-show host, but he's "looking at a number of different options. ... We'll see."

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The move wouldn't come as a complete surprise. Walsh, a McHenry Republican who is known for his charismatic candor and caustic rhetoric, spent much of his freshman year in Congress as a frequent guest on cable TV talk shows.

A 2011 appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" gained national attention when Walsh suggested to the host that President Barack Obama "sent a tingle" up his leg.

On CNN last summer, Walsh suggested his Democratic opponent, now-Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, talked about her war record too much. Duckworth is a double-amputee Iraq War veteran.

Throughout his tenure in Congress, Walsh was a frequent guest on WIND's "Big John and Amy" morning show.

He will join WIND personalities Michael Medved and Steve Cochran on March 14 at an event in Lincolnshire titled "Obama 2.0: The Road Ahead."

Walsh took lessons in theater and television at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in the 1980s.

WIND officials did not immediately return calls to the Daily Herald seeking comment.

Walsh has told the Daily Herald he is mulling a statewide bid for governor or U.S. Senate in 2014 and plans to spend the next few months traveling around the state and hearing from residents about the future of the Republican party.

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