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Walsh (Figuratively) Pulls No Punches

November 3, 2011

The primary battle between Reps. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., and Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., has gotten personal.

Walsh, who is the midst of a child-support battle with his ex-wife, took a recent poll a little close to heart when he found out that some of the questions surrounded his current legal troubles, according to the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Redistricting will force the two GOP freshmen to face-off against each other in the new 14th District.

The poll was conducted by the GOP firm The Tarrance Group for Hultgren's campaign, asking the district's residents about Walsh's legal and financial woes, among other issues. Walsh slammed it as a "push poll" and lashed out at Hultgren with a physical threat--sort of.

"If he raises his voice and calls into question who I am as a father, I'll punch him in the face, figuratively speaking," Walsh told the Daily Herald.

Hultrgen's campaign isn't releasing the full poll. Walsh's pretrial conference for the alleged $117,437 in late child support payments is scheduled to start next Tuesday.

House Race Hotline Editor Jessica Taylor included the Walsh/Hultgren showdown on her list of the top nastiest member-member primaries last month.

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