Congressman James T. Walsh's father will perhaps be the last person to officially know his son will not seek another term. James Walsh said he had been unable to reach his father, William F. Walsh, earlier today Jan. 24. But unofficially the son sought his father's council, who advised him to do what he thought best for himself and DeDe. Ten years in public service to the city of Syracuse and then twenty more representing his homeplace in Washington is a lifetime of sorts. The congressman's father, William F. Walsh knew this well, as he also served CNY 25th district in Congress.
In a corner room on the 13th floor of the Federal Building backed by family, his staff and friends, and where members of the press were packed in like soiled laundry spilling out into the hallways - Congressman Walsh announced his decision to not seek re-election. Essentially, he felt he had done his share of the work that needed doing in Washington. It was time for someone else to lead the charge in our nation's capitol and for him to move into a new chapter in his life.
What chapter would that be?
He wasn't exactly sure yet, except at 60 he hoped to have weekends off this time around. He explained that often not being able to be there with family and friends, and also the guilt it sometimes brought not being able to participate on weekends was difficult.
What would he do with his remaining time in Washington?
Finish projects that he had in the works; among these was upgrading the Syracuse School System and the continued clean up of Onondaga Lake. He described with wide eyes a project where Ontario lake water would be used to air condition Syracuse and then the oxygenated clean water would be recycled out into Onondaga Lake, aiding in its clean up.