(UPDATE July 2010) Joe Walsh and his family have officially taken up residence in McHenry, thus making it official that he is no longer an ‘outsider’. Melissa Bean, on the other hand, continues to reside ‘outside’ of the 8th Congressional District
Voters in the 8th Congressional District now have the unique situation of having both the Democratic and Republican candidates living outside the District. Melissa Bean claims her house, in Long Grove, is just ‘on the other side of the street’ while Joe Walsh lives in Winnetka. It has been well known during Bean’s tenure as our elected Representative that she has lived just outside our District but the more we read about Walsh’s housing situation the more skeptical we are about his being forthright. OK, let’s face it, a lot of people got behind the eight ball due to the current housing situation and have lost their homes. I certainly won’t hold that against someone who is running for public office.
But what does bother me is that he moved twice in Winnetka rather than moving into our District. With a foreclosure pending on his Evanston condo it would seem like someone making his reported $40,000 annual income would have been a good candidate for rental housing in our area. Compared to what the rent on an $800,000+ home would be as compared to a similar square foot home in somewhere like Mundelein with a market value of less than half that, it doesn’t quite add up. Even though Walsh may be a little embarrassed about having his condo foreclosed it may come around to bite him in the behind by the voters of the District. It also doesn’t sound as though the Central Committee is planning on throwing much campaign money his way since he was not their choice to run against Bean.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out over the next several months and whether Joe Walsh decides to step aside rather than continue on due to the media pressure that it has generated.