Long time Congressman Jim Walsh is set to announce his plans to retire later this afternoon.
Walsh has told the Syracuse Post-Standard that, it's quote, "time to go." Congressman Walsh has served in Congress for twenty years. We're expecting to hear from Congressman Walsh during a press conference which is scheduled for 2:30 this afternoon in
Walsh mostly serves the
For all the time he's served in Congress, it's been said that the last few years have been the most difficult for him. He narrowly won reelection in November of 2006, and many said it was because of pressure on his pro-Iraq-war stance. But after a trip to
The Democrat leading the charge against Walsh is Dan Maffei, who nearly unseated him in 2006. Maffei is running again and has kept the pressure on Walsh to account for his position on
With Walsh out of the picture, it means the Republicans now have to find a candidate who can raise the money and who has the name recognition that Dan Maffei does.