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Walsh to start new PAC to challenge Rove

Walsh to start new PAC to challenge Rove

Former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) is in the early stages of launching a super PAC to provide what he calls “freedom loving alternatives to Karl Rove on Fox.”

“It’s a healthy debate to have,” Walsh told Human Events Tuesday. Earlier in the day, Walsh took to Twitter to announce his new venture.

“I’m filing the paperwork to form a super PAC to support freedom-loving conservative alternatives to @KarlRove on FOX,” the tweet read. Walsh was defeated for a second-term in 2012 by former Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth in a severely gerrymandered district.

The news comes on the heels of the news that Rove is starting a new venture called the Conservative Victory Fund where he will fund more viable conservative candidates, a move in response to the losses of Rep. Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock in Missouri and Indiana, respectively during the 2012 cycle where their comments on rape derailed sure Republican pickups in the U.S. Senate.

In an interview with the New York Times Feb. 3, Stephen J. Law, president of American Crossroads, the group behind Conservative Victory Fund said that “we don’t view ourselves as being in the incumbent protection business, but we want to pick the most conservative candidate who can win.”

Walsh disagrees.

“We’ve got to push back against this,” Walsh told Human Events. “Look at the day after the election at the Karl Roves and everyone, saying ‘oh my god, we’ve got to move to the middle, we need to move to the middle.’ No, we need to do what Mark Levin said and that is ‘make our case and fight like hell.’”

Walsh said he is moving ahead with filing the necessary paperwork to form the PAC.

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