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April 10, 2014, 1:27 p.m.

South Bend Tribune‘s Wal­or­ski writes, state Rep. Jack­ie Wal­or­ski (R) vs. Rep. Joe Don­nelly (D): “That’s the race” the NR­CC wants in ‘10. The cmte “tried un­suc­cess­fully” to con­vince her to run in ‘08, but will she run this time? Wal­or­ski doesn’t say yes, “but she doesn’t say no, either.

If Wal­or­ski runs, she’ll at­tack Don­nelly’s “mod­er­ate im­age,” hit­ting at the Dem la­bel and against what she calls “the ex­plo­sion of the size of gov­ern­ment” and “so­cial­ized medi­cine.” Wal­or­ski: “I am pas­sion­ate about it.” She’s “so pas­sion­ate” that she’s traveled around IN as a speak­er for the con­ser­vat­ive “Amer­ic­ans for Prosper­ity,” de­noun­cing Pres. Obama‘s health care re­form pro­pos­als as a “so­cial­ist scheme.”

She says calls from the NR­CC and oth­er GOP­ers have been “nev­er end­ing” for three years. When she told them she wouldn’t run — and neither would” Mis­hawaka May­or Jeff Rea (R) — the nod went to a “polit­ic­al un­known.” Rea, “ap­proached again” by GOP­ers, again said “no” and came close to say­ing “nev­er” of any de­sire to go to DC. What if Wal­or­ski says “no” again? ‘04/‘06/‘08 can­did­ate Tony Zirkle (R) could run, and “at least one oth­er pro­spect talked” with leadres this year. But the NR­CC “wants” Wal­or­ski.”

She says the way she’s been “cri­ti­cized” on blogs “that tend not to agree” with her views is an in­dic­a­tion that some Dems “think she will run.” She men­tioned the Huff­ing­ton Post, where she once was de­nounced as “Wacky Jack­ie.” Her Face­book page lists that she’s a fan of FNC’s Glenn Beck — “which tells something about her polit­ic­al philo­sophy” — and of the NR­CC, which could tell something about wheth­er their de­sire for her as a can­did­ate “will or won’t be un­re­quited” (9/27).

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