Maybe Republicans aren’t immune to the baby-daddy/child support epidemic after all. Rep. Joe Walsh, the congressman who has lectured the Obama Administration on financial irresponsibility is himself a bit sloppy when it comes to both money and his children.
Walsh owes over $100,000 in child support payments, according to his ex-wife. Laura Walsh says that she had not received child support payments from the five year period from 2005 to 2010 for any of the three children they have together. Walsh’s Congressional seat pays him a salary of $174,000 per year.
“These latest attacks against me are false and I will fight them in the appropriate venue,” Walsh said in a statement on his web site. The divorce documents detailing the apparent delinquent payments were first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.
Officially, Walsh owes $117,437 in payments, plus interest.
“Laura is getting help now because he has a job where we can find him,” Coladarci said. “But it is difficult to raise three kids, and she is not remarried, and she is supporting them basically on her salary.”
The suit alleges that Walsh and his girlfriend took international vacations during the time when claimed he was too broke to take care of his children. He divorced his wife in 2002 after 15 years of marriage. His ex-wife is asking that his wages be garnished.
Walsh, in the midst of his Republican double-life, has openly attacked President Obama spends money. He even accused the president of lying.
“I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money,” Walsh said in a policy video directed at the President entitled ‘Walsh to Obama: Quit Lying.’”