One day on the heels of being named among the most vulnerable congressional incumbents in this fall’s election, fiery Tea Party-backed U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) announced he will not be attending the upcoming Republican National Convention.
“Rather than mingle with Party insiders in Tampa, I will be in the 8th district to continue to serve as an independent voice for for the people,” the freshman congressman said in a statement Thursday, CNN reports.
In his Thursday statement, Walsh invited Tammy Duckworth, his Democratic challenger in Illinois’ 8th congressional district, to skip her party’s convention in Charlotte. A Duckworth spokesman confirmed her attendance at the convention, where she will serve as vice chair of the Rules Committee, to the Chicago Sun-Times.
A number of other Republican figures will be skipping the GOP convention this year.