The Family Research Council has recently named Rep Joe Walsh a “True Blue” member of Congress for his “unwavering commitment and consistent support in defense of life and the family.” This distinction comes despite a nine year battle with ex-wife Laura for over $100,000 in missing child support for his three children. The Chicago Sun-Times, who broke the story, states:
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.”
Rep Walsh claims he had stopped paying child support because his ex wife was earning a six-figure income whereas he was broke. Greater detail on the Representative and his ex wife’s income variables here. His child support lawsuit is scheduled for next week.