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Ill. Congressman responds to child support report
Associated Press ^ | Thursday, July 28, 2011 1:52 PM EDT

Posted on 07/28/2011 12:06:07 PM PDT by Hunton Peck

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.

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Walsh, in a prepared statement, characterized that the story as a political "hit piece," and suggested it was no accident that the paper would run the story about a marriage that ended eight years ago and a court case filed nearly eight months ago, just as lawmakers are in the middle of contentious debate over the debt ceiling.

"I am the tip of the spear in this current debate, and I will be attacked," he wrote in a statement issued Thursday morning.

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. And in the statement, he said he has been "trying to resolve this issue since January in a court of law ..."

The statement does not include any mention of the report that he owed $117,437, saying only that he has "always given everything I have to meet my financial obligations to my children..."

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Walsh's attorney, R. Steven Polachek, denied that the congressman owed $117,437 in back child support and interest and said the amount was much less.

(Excerpt) Read more at centurylink.net ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: chicagoway; childsupport; joewalsh; politicalhit
Walsh responds to the accusation reported at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2754944/posts
1 posted on 07/28/2011 12:06:11 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

$100,000 owed in a divorce case less than a year old?


2 posted on 07/28/2011 12:08:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek
marriage that ended eight years ago
3 posted on 07/28/2011 12:09:53 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: cripplecreek
marriage that ended eight years ago
4 posted on 07/28/2011 12:10:03 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Hunton Peck
Odd, this comes out only a couple days after Walsh publicly denounced Boehner and McConnell on the debt default. Sounds to me like he is being made an example of for not “Getting his a$$ in line”.
5 posted on 07/28/2011 12:10:51 PM PDT by apillar
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To: nascarnation

And the claim was only filed in December.


6 posted on 07/28/2011 12:11:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

The marriage ended 8 years ago. This would supposedly be for arrears over that period. The suit was filed 8 mos ago.


7 posted on 07/28/2011 12:11:57 PM PDT by bcsco
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To: apillar

Did Boner really tell the GOP in congress to “get their ass in line”???

FIRE HIM NOW

Elect a new one - what is the process for replacing a Speaker?


8 posted on 07/28/2011 12:12:52 PM PDT by Mr. K (CAPSLOCK! -Unleash the fury! [Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket])
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To: cripplecreek

The article says the divorce was 8 years ago, but they just filed the claim for unpaid support 8 months ago.


9 posted on 07/28/2011 12:13:21 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Hunton Peck

This sounds an awful lot like what US Senate Candidate Barak Hussein Obama pulled on this guy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Ryan_(Senate_candidate)


10 posted on 07/28/2011 12:19:47 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Hunton Peck

timing of the lawsuit seems suspicious...


11 posted on 07/28/2011 12:25:12 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: bigbob

This has got DNC/Omama/RINO/DC Insider stink ALL over it!


12 posted on 07/28/2011 12:36:05 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Obama


13 posted on 07/28/2011 12:36:27 PM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Mr. K

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2754855/posts
Boehner to GOP members: ‘Get your ass in line’

...don’t recall him talking to Obama like that.
(oh. too busy playing golf...)

and Beohner’s plan is a joke. it cuts less than a trillion over 10 YEARS, but will allow in INCREASE in the deficit of over 12 TRILLION DOLLARS over the same 10 years!!!

CBO scores REID’S plan as cutting MORE than Boehners!!!
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2754886/posts
CBO scores Boehner’s new bill: $22 billion in savings this year, $917 billion over 10 years


14 posted on 07/28/2011 12:44:28 PM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: bigbob

There can’t be anyone easier for the Dems to recruit for their dirty work than a Republican politician’s ex.


15 posted on 07/28/2011 12:56:58 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Hunton Peck

Just by this statement...my bet is her owes her.

said he thought he and his ex-wife were coming to an agreement on the money owed, according to a February court filing.

I would say he becomes very quiet going forward...which is too bad.


16 posted on 07/28/2011 1:08:51 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: BubbaJunebug
I would say he becomes very quiet going forward...which is too bad.

That's the idea.

17 posted on 07/28/2011 1:18:08 PM PDT by babyfreep
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To: Hunton Peck

What makes this smell to me is that it is only a lawsuit. I’d be more inclined to believe it if it were a contempt of court action being brought by the Illinois Child Support Enforcement agency.


18 posted on 07/28/2011 1:39:30 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Interesting that this was filed after the November elections.


19 posted on 07/28/2011 1:58:18 PM PDT by lone star annie
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To: Hunton Peck

Yes, the fake journalist Joe Acosta from the Clymer News Network did a story about the debt debate and worked this crap into it.....


20 posted on 07/28/2011 2:03:33 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: lone star annie

It’s a lawsuit. Anybody can file any damn lawsuit they want using any lawyer they can pay. On the other hand, the Child Support Enforcement agencies have staff lawyers and investigators. But they would not file unless they had records of missed payments and such. Since it was a lawsuit filed by a private attorney, I put little stock in the allegations.


21 posted on 07/29/2011 7:38:57 AM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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