New money for Walsh in race with Duckworth

New money for Walsh in race with Duckworth
8th Congressional race candidate Tammy Duckworth and Congressman Joe Walsh meet with the Tribune Editorial board for an endorsement session in Chicago, Thursday, August 16, 2012. (Heather Charles)

After weeks of helping back the re-election of freshmen Republican lawmakers around him, the National Republican Congressional Committee has made a large cable television ad buy to assist controversial

tea party

-backed Republican Rep.

Joe Walsh

in his race with Democratic challenger

Tammy Duckworth


The NRCC confirmed it is pumping about $457,800 into the race to buy time on cable stations in the northwest suburban district. The spots will run Oct. 5 through Election Day, as first reported by the

Washington, D.C.

-based publication, Roll Call.

The investment comes on top of more than $1 million in support


has received from super political action committees in the last week.

The bulk of that comes from the conservative Now or Never PAC, based in Missouri, and FreedomWorks, run by former House Republican Leader

Dick Armey

of Texas.

The out-of-state cash comes despite frequent criticism by Walsh that the bulk of Duckworth’s donors come from outside Illinois.

Duckworth, a former state and federal veterans affairs official from

Hoffman Estates

, is challenging freshman Walsh in the Nov. 6 election for Illinois’ new 8th Congressional District seat in the north and northwest suburbs.

The contest is nationally watched, given Duckworth’s ties to top


including President

Barack Obama

and U.S. Sen.

Dick Durbin

of Springfield and Walsh’s status as a tea party icon.

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