The activist, whose young son was murdered in 1981, was on-hand at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Washington to honor “Breaking Bad” actor Bryan Cranston, abduction victim Jaycee Dugard, and CTIA-The Wireless Association CEO and former Rep. Steve Largent (R-Okla.) for their work protecting children.
While Walsh, 67, has been a constant fixture on Capitol Hill, pushing Congress on public safety issues for years, he says he wouldn’t consider running for office himself: “I could not put up with the lobbyists. I couldn’t deal with the NRA, which is nothing but a gun manufacturer’s rep on Capitol Hill. I think I’m much more effective outside.”
Calling Ramsey, who’s also drawn attention for his colorful TV interviews “the most humble” and “wonderful” guy, Walsh said, “I tracked him down — he doesn’t even own a cellphone, he’s that poor … I said, ‘Charles, I want to tell you, you’re my hero.’ ”
Walsh said Ramsey replied, “I can’t believe it, I’m a fan of ‘America’s Most Wanted.’ You’re my hero.”
The host insisted the feeling was mutual, saying to Ramsey, “If I get to meet you, I’m going to give you a hug.”