The award, says FRC President Tony Perkins, is for voting “to repeal Obamacare, de-fund Planned Parenthood, end government funding for abortion within the health care law, uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, and continue support for school choice.”
In 2010, The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) formally categorized the FRC as a “hate group.”
Walsh said he was proud to be awarded “as the only member from Illinois with a 100 percent pro-family voting record.”
“Defending American values have always been one of my top priorities, and this reward reaffirms my dedication to that fight,” he said.
Last week, Walsh said of his Republican primary opponent in his campaign for re-election:
“If he raises his voice and calls into question who I am as a father, I’ll punch him in the face, figuratively speaking.”
Walsh has claimed that he had a “verbal agreement” to not pay the court-ordered money and he’s accused ex-wife Laura Walsh and her attorney of breaking state law by “blatantly and knowingly submitting false information in her pleading.”
Since they divorced, Laura Walsh has gone to court every few years to get her money and this has led to his wages being garnished.
He stopped making payments altogether in March of 2008, telling her he “had no income.” She went back to court when she discovered that Walsh had lent his Congressional campaign $35,000.
Walsh has suggested the issue of non-payment of child support has come to the fore for political reasons, but Laura Walsh’s attorney, Jack Coladarci, said his client began working on the claim back when Joe Walsh was largely unknown, when the campaiagn loan was discovered.
“Last year, when she came to us, nobody thought he was going to win that race,” Coladarci said. “This wasn’t going after a congressman — it was about a guy who had enough money to fund a campaign.”
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