Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill.,—insisting he won’t be used as a prop— says he is boycotting President Obama’s speech on jobs to a Joint Session of Congress next Thursday, and plans to fly home after votes that day to hold his own small business job forum.
But in announcing this, Walsh appears to have painted himself into quite a busy travel itinerary. The House is scheduled to also be in session Friday, with votes possible.
Still, Walsh says he is sticking to his boycott plans.
“I don’t see the point in being a prop for another of the President’s speeches asking for more failed stimulus spending and more subsidies for his pet projects,” says Walsh in a press release. He also made his intentions known in an interview with a Chicago radio station (WLS) and in a tweet.
“Instead, I will fly back to Illinois right after Thursday’s votes to talk to small businessmen and women, the real job creators, about creating real jobs.”
Friday could have Walsh back in the Capitol, where the current schedule for members shows votes could occur through 3 p.m.
“He will not miss any votes,” said Walsh’s chief of staff Justin Roth. That’s because Walsh—facing this legislative wrinkle in time—is also promising to return to Washington either later on Thursday, or early Friday morning for votes, Roth said.
As for Walsh’s small business job forum set for Thursday night as Obama speaks, Walsh’s office says details will be released shortly.