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KILLER_CLOWN
07-28-2011, 11:33 PM
AP – 15 hrs ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, the tea party-backed Republican who squeaked into office last year by vowing to bring fiscal responsibility to Washington and who has been one of President Barack Obama's most outspoken critics during the standoff over the debt ceiling, is being sued for more than $100,000 in unpaid child support, a newspaper reported.

The freshman congressman's ex-wife, Laura Walsh, filed the claim against him in December as part of their divorce case, saying he owed $117,437 to her and their three children, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in a story published Wednesday. She contends that Walsh loaned his own campaign $35,000 and took international vacations but said he couldn't afford child support payments because he was between jobs or out of work.

"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 the motion. "Joe has paid himself back at least $14,200 for the loans he gave himself."

Walsh, whose campaign was marked by allegations of financial mismanagement, said he thought he and his ex-wife were coming to an agreement on the money owed, according to a February court filing. His attorney, R. Steven Polachek, denied that the congressman owed $117,437 in back child support and interest and said the amount was much less.

"I dispute that he owes the child support that she's claiming or anywhere near that amount," Polachek said. "Joe Walsh hasn't been a big-time wage-earner politician until recently — he's had no more problems with child support than any other average guy."

Joe and Laura Walsh were married for 15 years when she filed for divorce in 2002. He has since remarried.

A phone message left Thursday at Walsh's congressional office wasn't immediately returned, and his spokeswoman did not immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.

Walsh, 49, unexpectedly captured his northeastern Illinois district last year by a slim margin, campaigning on a promise to reign in government spending and promoting his conservative values, among other things. He has recently gained notoriety for speaking out against the president and accusing him of lying about the impact of not raising the national debt ceiling.

"President Obama, quit lying," he said in a video posted online this month. In it he also asks Obama, "Have you no shame, sir?"

Walsh said there is "plenty of money" to pay debt and cover Social Security even if the limit isn't raised, and that Obama won't get congressional approval to increase the $14.3 trillion debt limit unless the Democratic president backs a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, which Obama opposes. Obama says the country will default if Congress doesn't raise the ceiling by Aug. 2.

The congressman's alleged financial problems made headlines while he was campaigning last year, when at least one staffer claimed he would "spend, spend, spend uncontrollably." His campaign manager quit and sued for $20,000 in nonpayment, and two other staffers who quit accused him of not properly disclosing a 2008 home foreclosure and traffic citations to the public, taking their grievances public. Walsh also bounced checks, including one to a Republican fundraiser.

A Walsh spokesman at the time called it a smear campaign by disgruntled workers and said the congressman had learned from his financial struggles, including the foreclosure.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index

http://news.yahoo.com/ex-wife-ill-congressman-owes-117k-child-support-053204680.html

Looks like the Rahm Emanuel crime syndicate is hard at work.

go bowe
07-29-2011, 12:08 PM
so much for conservative values, eh mr. tea party guy?

not paying child support and bouncing checks and failing to disclose pertinent financial data like the foreclosure...

Jaric
07-29-2011, 12:22 PM
Now that's dedication to cutting spending.

FishingRod
07-29-2011, 12:22 PM
Well lookie there, another POS congressman. To be fair that is just what is claimed he owes. It might only be 50-60k he cheated his kids out of.

gblowfish
07-29-2011, 12:23 PM
Those kids need to learn not to rely on "entitlements." Get a job you little bastards...

LOCOChief
07-29-2011, 12:24 PM
so much for conservative values, eh mr. tea party guy?

not paying child support and bouncing checks and failing to disclose pertinent financial data like the foreclosure...

Yeah because the actions of one person is a true reflection of the values of an entire party. - John Edwards

go bowe
07-29-2011, 03:13 PM
Yeah because the actions of one person is a true reflection of the values of an entire party. - John Edwards

who said anything about reflections of the values of an entire party?

i was clearly referring to the values of one member whose values do not seem to be those of the tea party or of responsible people in general...

why would you misread my comment?

KILLER_CLOWN
07-30-2011, 12:37 AM
Those kids need to learn not to rely on "entitlements." Get a job you little bastards...

LMAO

Der Flöprer
07-30-2011, 09:52 AM
Yeah because the actions of one person is a true reflection of the values of an entire party. - John Edwards

I see it's politics as usual in this thread. I don't care whether you wear red or blue, most of you fuckers are sheep. And you're about to be taken to slaughter.

Der Flöprer
07-30-2011, 09:57 AM
I see it's politics as usual in this thread. I don't care whether you wear red or blue, most of you fuckers are sheep. And you're about to be taken to slaughter.

LMAO This is where Mr. Flopnuts takes a big, deep, breath, and slowly backs out of this forum for a while. Have fun.

LOCOChief
07-30-2011, 10:36 AM
who said anything about reflections of the values of an entire party?

i was clearly referring to the values of one member whose values do not seem to be those of the tea party or of responsible people in general...

why would you misread my comment?

Sorry I overlooked the "eh" and "?"

VAChief
07-30-2011, 10:55 AM
Well lookie there, another POS congressman. To be fair that is just what is claimed he owes. It might only be 50-60k he cheated his kids out of.

Or maybe he doesn't necessarily see it as revenue problem for his kids but more of a spending problem.

BigChiefFan
07-30-2011, 11:26 AM
Now that's dedication to cutting spending.LMAO

Baby Lee
07-30-2011, 05:24 PM
No one's eyebrows raised even a little when a story 'breaks' on a December 2010 filing the same weekend as the debt ceiling comes to a head, and that breaking story 'incriminates' one of Obama's most outspoken critics by way of allegations made by his ex-wife?

If the timing alone didn't raise my eyebrows, O'Donnell's over the top browbeating certainly tuned the ol' BS-dar.

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Hope in the end, Walsh owns O'Donnell's very being after a defamation suit.

banyon
07-30-2011, 10:16 PM
No one's eyebrows raised even a little when a story 'breaks' on a December 2010 filing the same weekend as the debt ceiling comes to a head, and that breaking story 'incriminates' one of Obama's most outspoken critics by way of allegations made by his ex-wife?

If the timing alone didn't raise my eyebrows, O'Donnell's over the top browbeating certainly tuned the ol' BS-dar.

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Hope in the end, Walsh owns O'Donnell's very being after a defamation suit.

Really?

Even his own attorney admits he's behind:

His attorney, R. Steven Polachek, denied that the congressman owed $117,437 in back child support and interest and said the amount was much less.
(note: that's an admission)


But it's made up? That's where you're going?

orange
07-30-2011, 10:55 PM
I see it's politics as usual in this thread. I don't care whether you wear red or blue, most of you ****ers are sheep. And you're about to be taken to slaughter.

... sheared. Sheep get sheared. Cattle are taken to slaughter. Or lambs.

Mutton just gets no love in the U.S.