One of the loudest Tea Party Republicans much favored by the cable news circuit of late, first term Representative Joe Walsh of the Illinois 8th District, has been sued by his ex-wife, Laura, for more than $117,000 in back child support, according to a July 27, 2011 report by Abdon M. Pallasch for the The Chicago Sun-Times:
…court documents examined this week by the Chicago Sun-Times during research for a profile on the increasingly visible congressman showed his financial issues also included a nine-year child support battle with his ex-wife.
Before getting elected, he had told Laura Walsh that because he was out of work or between jobs, he could not make child support payments. So she was surprised to read in his congressional campaign disclosures that he was earning enough money to loan his campaign $35,000.
“Joe personally loaned his campaign $35,000, which, given that he failed to make any child support payments to Laura because he ‘had no money’ is surprising,” Laura Walsh’s attorneys wrote in a motion filed in December seeking $117,437 in back child support and interest. “Joe has paid himself back at least $14,200 for the loans he gave himself.
Also, in Walsh’s ex-wife’s December 2010 court filing, her lawyer wrote:
The apparent availability of large sums of money from either his employment, his family or his campaign has allowed him to live quite a comfortable lifestyle, while at the same time, due to his failure to pay child support or any of his share of the education costs or medical expenses, Laura and his children were denied any of these advantages.
This deadbeat dad is the same Joe Walsh who, at his press conference after winning election to the United States House of Representative, insisted, “The first thing we need to do is acknowledge that everybody is going to have to give on Social Security reform and Medicare reform,” and that unemployment benefits probably already have been extended for too long and attention should be paid to the cost.
Congressman Walsh apparently considers he shouldn’t have to subsidize the cost even of raising his own children out of his $175,000 salary. Besides, those kids are not in the wealthy class that he represents.
Walsh lives with his new wife and children in McHenry, Illinois.
When you see his sweaty, sleazy mug doing his poor and old folks must sacrifice more blather on the tee vee machine, have a bucket of dirty socks ready to throw at him. Think about his kids. He certainly won’t be.