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Tea Party-Affiliated Republican Congressman Joe Walsh Accuses Ex-Wife of Lying

By Nottage and Ward on October 14, 2011

Laura Walsh, ex-wife of Republican U.S. Representative from Illinois Joe Walsh, has made claims that her ex-husband owes over $115,000 in delinquent child support payments. According to The Huffington Post, Joe Walsh stated that her claims are “wildly and off-the-charts inaccurate” and a “misguided attempt” to exploit his congressional position. He has submitted a court filing stating that his ex-wife lied about their arrangement.

Walsh claims to have paid his ex-wife more child support than was necessary during the period from November 2005 to June 2007 and that, even though he neglected to pay during the period between March 2008 and December 2010, he and his ex-wife had come to an agreement that they would split the children’s expenses without interference from the courts. The freshman congressman has asked the judge to deny his ex-wife’s petition for an increase in his child support payments, suspension of his driver’s license, and freezing of his bank accounts until he resolves the outstanding payments.

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Ex-Wife Claims Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh Owes Over $100,000 in Child Support

By Nottage and Ward on August 11, 2011

Recently, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh was accused by his ex-wife of owing over $100,000 in child support. Walsh also failed to list any child support debt on his financial disclosure forms, on which politicians are required to include any liability over $10,000. As a result, he may also be facing a probe by the House Ethics Committee.

According to The Huffington Post, in December of 2010, Laura Walsh, his ex-wife, filed the claim against him as part of their divorce case, and alleged that he owed $117,437 to her as well as to the couple’s three children. She claims that the Congressman loaned at least $35,000 to his political campaign and went on extensive international vacations but then said he wasn’t able to afford child support payments either due to being out of work or between jobs. His attorney denies that he owes that amount in back child support and interest and insists that the amount owed is much less.

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