Congressman Walsh Responds To Child Support Claims

Congressman Joe Walsh has released a statement answering allegations he owes more than $100,000 in child support.

This is Congressman Joe Walsh's statment regarding allegations that :

"It is not lost on me that a court case filed almost 8 months ago regarding a marriage that ended more than 8 years ago would be brought up today. We are 72 hours away from one of the biggest decisions our country has to make about its financial future. I understand why this is a story and why the media has to ask me about it. I understood as a candidate, and I understand as a sitting member of Congress that the scrutiny of my personal life will be intense. This is a tough business. It’s also not lost on me that not everyone agrees with me politically, I am the tip of the spear in this current debate, and I will be attacked.

Let me say this. I love all the members of my family past and present. I’ve always given everything I have to meet my financial obligations to my children and I will fight until my last breath against anyone who says otherwise.  My children are truly the treasure of my life, which is why I’ve been trying to resolve this issue since January in a court of law, rather than drag my children into it. That is the appropriate venue and I will not discuss this private family issue in public.

The people of Illinois’ eighth congressional district voted for me not because I’m wealthy but because they wanted a fighter in Washington.  They did not vote for me because I was a career politician, but because they wanted one of them as their Representative in DC.  They wanted someone to stand up to Washington and tell them the spending has to stop. This morning that is exactly what I am going to continue to do.

I have tried to be the most accessible Congressman on the planet and I will continue to do so moving forward. These latest attacks against me are false and I will fight them in the appropriate venue. And as your Congressman I promise you that I am going to put my head down, get back to work and continue to fight for our freedoms and our children’s future. I’m not going to let some hit piece in the media deter me from that."

Bruce Donnelly August 04, 2011 at 05:01 AM
Ellen - if you paid attention to the news today, you may have noticed that the guy in the tiger suit to whom I referred was David Wu, a Democrat from Oregon who just resigned after Pelosi referred his case to the ethics committee after allegations that he (age 56) had unwanted sexual contact with the 18 year old daughter of one of his donors. After the Weiner incident, they pushed him out quickly. The tiger suit (apparently at Halloween) is not really material, except that some of his staff thought he was really weird, and bailed out some time ago, before this latest incident. Bottom line - how's that for conduct which disgraces Congress? There are people with problems in both parties. I'll take Walsh over a Weiner or Wu anyday. As I said from the start, whatever it turns out that he may actually owe, he needs to clear that up rather than make excuses.
Mary Ann O'Rourke August 04, 2011 at 11:46 AM
So many sleazy people in Washington, I'm starting to forget their names. The guy who went AWOL from Congress to be with his mistress in South America, then there's the anoymous gay sex in a public restroom, and of course solicitaion of prostitutes, and encouraging your wife to "swing," and way too much sexting. The granddaddy of them all, of course -- let's just call it "the blue dress." Bottom line -- you can spread the "sleaze" blame evenly throughout both parties. What's wrong with politicians these days? Why can't they lead decent lives like the citizens who elected them?
Ellen August 05, 2011 at 04:31 AM
Power corrupts!
Ellen August 05, 2011 at 04:42 AM
Bruce, I didn't bother paying attention to the news -- I was too busy chatting with my cousin who had her dog put to sleep on Sunday. Please forgive my lack of attention to some guy in Oregon. Of course you would prefer Walsh but that's because you're a Tea Bagger yourself. I don't know when this became a contest between which political party can act the sleeziest. The subject was Joe Walsh, a deadbeat dad. That has nothing to do with what anyone or everyone else is doing. Oh, but thanks for the tiger suit explanation. I was just feeling so incredibly stupid that I didn't get it. Having lots of trouble sleeping. A deadbeat is a deadbeat is a deadbeat. But, see, no one really cares anymore -- certainly not the media. So why wouldn't the victim of his deadbeatedness go after him at a time when the media would pay attention?
JK August 09, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Keep fighting the good fight Ellen. The country deserves better than Joe Walsh.


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