Walsh On Duckworth: “Female, Wounded Veteran…Ehhh”

Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh has never been known for his tactful campaign rhetoric.  A self-styled Tea Party bomb thrower, Walsh is best known for his disrespectful comments and actions towards President Barack Obama.

Now, he’s turning that charm to his rival, Democrat Tammy Duckworth. In an interview with Politico about the impending uphill battle he faces in a new and much more Democratic-leaning district, Walsh dismissed the Iraq War veteran who lost both legs when the Blackhawk helicopter she piloted was hit by a grenade, as inconsequential.

“I have so much respect for what she did in the fact that she sacrificed her body for this country,” said Walsh, simultaneously lowering his voice as he leaned forward before pausing for dramatic effect. “Ehhh. Now let’s move on.”

“What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran … ehhh,” he continued. “She is nothing more than a handpicked Washington bureaucrat. David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel just picked her up and dropped her into this district.

The dismissive and offensive comments were challenged by Democrats and veterans groups alike.  “Just when you think Congressman Joe Walsh couldn’t sink any lower, he insults the service and sacrifice of our Veterans, particularly one like Tammy who lost her limbs in the line of duty. Congressman Walsh owes Tammy Duckworth and all Veterans an apology for his outrageous disrespect for their service,” stated VoteVets spokesman Jon Soltz.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s message was simple. “Enough is enough: Joe Walsh must be defeated.”

Walsh is trying to do damage control on his statement, telling a columnist at Chicago Magazine, “I often catch myself when I’m talking. I meant something other than how it came out….Because I never served, I have an unbelievable amount of awe and respect for everybody who wore the uniform.”

But he also states that although he would have phrased things differently, especially regarding the “dropped her into the district” phrase that the Chicago columnist found especially distasteful, he still stands by his remarks.

Your qualifications for holding office being criticized by a man who owes over $100 in child support he shows little inclination to pay? Looks like Walsh may need to do a little self-reflection during this campaign.

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Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 5 years ago

Tha man is so disrespectfull, people should not let him to runn no political career no more he is not a good person, how will be able to represent american citizens with values?

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Sure hope Duckworth can beat Walsh. Politicians used to be statesmen, but the degeneration of civility and respect, since our president was elected, is not to be believed.

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson5 years ago

Joe walsh is a tea-partying ,disrectful twit. I do hope everyone has seen enough of his genre.We need to tax the people who can afford to be taxed including BIGS of EVERY variety. We need to cover EVERYONE with health insurance that is EXACTLY like Medicare And we need to ENCOURAGE EVERY SINGLE CITIZEN TO VOTE. Government DOES PRODUCE JOBS (apparently damn well paying jobs considering what these guys are willing to beg us to let them spend to get them ) We need to be rebuilding everything in sight and educating anyone willing to attend college. Pell Grants should come in EVERY Easter Basket and EIDE Card. IT'S guys like Joe Walsh who are preventing the 99% REVOLUTION! JOE, He needs to stay home and GET A JOB!

Michael S.
Michael S5 years ago

Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, you are one incredibly creepy and very degusting guy! Question, just what rock did you crawl out from under and how do we make you go back - we vote your ass out of office, that is how! Please do note that I am not being polite to you because you are not polite to anyone else - you jackass of a deadbeat dad.

To our Veteran Tammy Duckworth, please know that the rest of the sane population truly does appreciate your sacrifice on behalf of our country!


Patrick F.
Patrick f5 years ago

Charles W. "Stephen,
The job creation moves necessary wre blocked by your dummycrats in the Senate.
Repeal capital gains taxes, lower corporate income taxes to be competitive with the rest of the world.
Repeal regulations which retard job creation."

And don't forget, bring back slavery...

Adam G.
Adam G5 years ago

"Because I never served"
but the toad can criticise vets!
what a scumbag!

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

Ronald Reagan when Governor of California said "Taxes should hurt" at the same time he paid no tax in CA because of all his deductions on all the expensive real estate he owned.

Charles Wasserman

I am not the Congressman's campaign manager.
Just a volunteer supporting a Congressman who represents the viewpoints of the people of this district.
As i said before. that is his job.
Thank you, Congressman, for a job well done.

Charles Wasserman

If war ever came to this country, I would do whatever I could to support and defeat the enemy.
But at my age, i'm afraid my fighting days are over.

Anne P.
Anne P5 years ago

Walsh is an idiotic scumbag and deadbeat dad. He is not fit to lick Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth's shoes. Face it, Joe - you're toast in November.