“Fiscal Responsibility” Rep. Joe Walsh Owes Over $100K in Child Support


When you run for Congress on a platform of fiscal responsibility, then make your name proclaiming that the government has to pay its debts and not burden the children and grandchildren with future economic impact, you would think that you at least keep your own home in order.

Not so much for Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh.  The Tea Party freshman, who considers himself a watchdog for government spending, is being sued for almost $120,000 worth of child support over almost a decade.

Walsh’s lawyers are calling the amount “unreasonable,” pointing to a spotty record of actual reported income due to his background as a “sometimes-employed financial consultant/venture capitalist/Republican activist.”  His ex-wife’s lawyers, meanwhile, note a “comfortable” lifestyle, abundance of vacations and even a $35,000 personal loan to his own campaign as signs that his claims of poverty aren’t nearly what he is making them out to be.

Is $120,00 an “unreasonable” amount of back child support and expenses, and is his ex-wife trying to cash in on his success as a politician?  With three children to consider, and nine years to pay, it breaks down to less than $370 per child per month.  Still, for a member of a far right wing faction that praises cutting Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Pell Grants, unemployment assistance, welfare and food stamps, even to the detriment of poor children, any amount may be seen as “too much” when it comes to supporting your kids.

This additional personal controversy is unlikely to help a freshman congressman who won his district by less than 300 votes, mostly due to a third party candidate who helps split the progressive vote.  Especially not as his district is being retooled to be even more Democratic during redistricting.

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Veronica Rundell
Veronica Rundell4 years ago

Guess what Joe Walsh--You're MY district rep. Can't wait to send you home from Washington this November.

Marie W.
Marie W.4 years ago

Yep, a real pro lifer- as long as someone else births them and pays.

Dianne Robertson
Dianne Robertson5 years ago

So he's a" sometimes employed financial consultant/venture capitalist/Republican Activist" who contributed HOW MUCH to his own canpaign? The Tea Party seems full of these small town big mouths who payed to play. SOMEBODY was stupid enough to elect them altho to be fair they didn't tell us they were idiots. This guy needs to lose his driver's license and have HIS check garnished like all the other deadbeat dads.When the NEXT election comes along I hope people pay more attention to WHO they vote for.We shouldn't be sending sometimes employed financial consultant/venture capitalist/activists who have to finance their own campaign to Congress.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S.5 years ago

LOL. Pull the log out of your own eye there Joe Walsh you hypocrite. You are so busted.

john hall
john hall5 years ago

if you cant get your own house in order how the hell do you think you can get the goverment in order. people who wont pay child support need to have there ass in jail he needs to resign .

Patrick F.
Patrick f.5 years ago

How many clicks does it take to get to the center of a petition signing?



Patrick F.
Patrick f.5 years ago

Arthur W.,Glad to see you taking an interest in American politics but Philip Davies is a English Tory. The same thing is happening in the U.S.(Child Slavery Laws) as well so I hope you continue to be diligent and sign the petitions. You can also email your Rep.

Arthur W.
art W.5 years ago

Philip Davies should apologize? Even if he did. what's the point.He wouldn't mean it and soon be up to the same stupidity. The only remedy is that he resign, which of course he won't do or the American electorate come out of its stupor and run him and his buddies out of office. After today's bogus resolution of the debt problem by a Congress of infants and a President who lost his balls. Stock up on KY Jelly.

Patrick F.
Patrick f.5 years ago


Lilithe Magdalene

Sadly, no surprise. Tea Partiers are seeming to come out more and more as those who want to tweak the system for their own monetary cover up and gain. Not going to work.