Syracuse congressman Jim Walsh famously said after his narrow re-election win in November that his hometown had left a little hole in his heart by rejecting his candidacy. (It was only outlying rural counties that gave thumbs up to Republican Walsh and his backing of President Bush and the war in Iraq.)
How anti-war has Walsh become? A key test comes this week, when he gets his five minutes of floor time- along with every other House member- to state his opinion on a non-binding resolution against the Bush plan to raise troop levels in Baghdad.
Constituents will be watching, and ready to state their opinions to Walsh next week, when his holds a series of town meetings around his district. The kind of meetings the Democrat who nearly beat Walsh, Dan Maffei, said the congressman didn’t hold nearly often enough.