Things come full circle for Schaumburg letter carrier, Rep. Joe Walsh

Things come full circle for Schaumburg letter carrier, Rep. Joe Walsh

Posted by Kerry Lester on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 11:33

Things have come full circle for the Schaumburg letter carrier who was on the receiving end of a shouting match by Congressman Joe Walsh last fall.

Melissa Rakestraw, of Schaumburg, is organizing a Des Plaines Solidarity Rally at 3 p.m. Thursday at 1050 E. Oakton, in Des Plaines, in support of the 10 people currently on hunger strikes in Washington, D.C. to oppose postal service cuts.

Joining her will be Walsh's 8th District Congressional opponent, Tammy Duckworth, of Hoffman Estates, along with Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan, and Patrick Statter, the
president of the Northeastern Illinois Federation of Labor.

The outburst occurred at one of Walsh's regular “Cup of Joe with Joe” sessions Nov. 6 at Uno Bar and Grill in Gurnee, in response to questions by Rakestraw and others about the lack of bank regulation and the presence of bank lobbyists in Washington.

“Don't blame the banks!” Walsh shouted, using some colorful language before adding he “doesn't want government meddling in the marketplace.”

“Yeah, they move from Goldman Sachs to the White House, I understand all of that,” he said at the event. “But you gotta' be consistent. And it's not the private marketplace that created this mess. What created this mess was your government.”

Rakestraw, sitting at the restaurant's bar in the video, asks Walsh to “stop screaming at me, I'm not screaming at you.”

Though she was smiling in the video, she said “his rude and obnoxious behavior was not appreciated by me.”

Rakestraw, an independent who did not vote for Walsh in the 2010 election, said she attended the meeting to encourage Walsh to support legislation that would
give the Postal Service access to billions of dollars in pre-funded pension accounts. Postal unions support the legislation and say it would prevent the service's collapse.

Walsh has said the government is “propping up” the postal service.

Rakestraw has appeared on Duckworth's campaign literature in the past as well.

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