Child Support Case Against Joe Walsh Resolved

Congressman Joe Walsh was accused by his ex-wife of owing $17,000 in child support.

The has been dismissed. 

Walsh's ex-wife, Laura Walsh, accused him of owing $17,000 in child support for their three children now 24, 21 and 17. She said she had been to court several times over the past ten years over the issue.

Joe and Laura Walsh issued a joint statement today, saying they both regret what happened.

"We both regret this public misunderstanding and the effect it has had on our children.  Like many families, we have had our share of issues and made our share of mistakes over the years.  Having resolved these issues together and cleared up these mistakes in private, we now agree that Joe is not and was not a "deadbeat dad" and does not owe child support.  We both have been loving and devoted parents to our children, ages 24, 21, and 17, and are happy to avoid a public legal fight hurtful to our entire family and look forward to caring for our children in private," the statement read. 

frank frantz April 19, 2012 at 05:29 PM
misunderstanding? 17,000 dollar miss understanding? What, you have a budget like congress? oops
Marc Feldstein April 19, 2012 at 06:30 PM
The statement does not necessarily say that Mr. Walsh was never behind in his child support payments (his house may not have been 'in order.) Also, no one forced Ms. Walsh to have initially discussed the issue in such a public venue, though given the number of years it appears that there was a difference of opinion, what other option did she have? It appears that now that Mr. Walsh has a tax-payer funded salary that is probably 5 times that of the average Americans' and now that Mr. Walsh is running for re-election, its time for a carefully worded statement. I am still not convinced that Mr. Walsh reflects well on his District nor has earned the votes of the people of the great State of Illinois, home of Mr. Everett Dirksen, Mr. Adlai Stevenson, and Ms. Jane Addams. He has had a chance to prove himself in Congress and has not really differentiated himself as a respectable Representative that truly cares about the entire District.
John Berg April 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I really didn't care, but bill's, oh, i mean joe personal management, or lack of it, put him in it as far as it did. Irony here, it was a taxpayer funded bail out by the way. HIs paychecks we write him, 600 bucks a day, and was one of the tools he was able to use behind closed doors, to get the result only money can buy. Or did some of that PAC money leak through bill's, oops, joe's front pocket? Doesn't matter, screaming about the country being destroyed just in the past three years is delusional and not really a solid frame of mind to be a real representative. Joking about not representing atheists in his district, as though he has some special call on who he is representing is not funny. For the life of me, why is it these bozo's get in office to work for their complete district, next thing you know, a motor home is bought and driving around raising money for a tea party. This is what joe thinks his job as a representative of all the people in the 8th district is. Screaming about the end of the country, dude, it has been in play for the past forty years, mostly the republicans who have gone to un-budgeted wars, duh. Get back in the office and work on a whole lot of issues here in the eighth that you have idea what they are or care. Since in office, not one article about a success of bill's, just issues, battles, screaming.
Arnold Livewell April 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Looks like the RNC comes through again in stellar fashion! ....................betcha there is no money trail whatsoever OOOOOOOOOppppps, silly me; they call it legal PAC money! He's lined his pckets, send another one in before he lines ALL his pockets! After how I have seen him act; with only setting his own personal agenda and not representing ALL the constituents of his, makes me publically say he got my vote once, but NO MORE!
A. M. Kelly April 20, 2012 at 01:04 PM
No wonder Walsh doesn't want the rich to pay their fair share of taxes, he never wanted to pay his "fair share" to his own his kids!
Local April 21, 2012 at 04:04 PM
What a bunch of liberal DB's!!
TAnto April 21, 2012 at 08:52 PM
The guy struggled after the economy fell apart as did many of us. Now he is back on his feet and squaring away his life. Good for him for honoring his commitments.
Hanni April 23, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Joe has done a great job for his constituents - he meets with the people ona regular basis, unlike most Washington elite, and he sticks to the agenda he promised to run on. Too bad, so sad, DNC, that you you lost this bit of mud slinging... But, in true DNC fashion, why let the truth get in the way of a good story, right? We back Joe!
John Berg April 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Colleen, like what? Holding town meetings where he ends up shouting bile and most of them are tea party fund raising efforts not even in his district. That is not representing all the people in the 8th. Shame on you as well for not talking about joe's right to life stance, where even in the case of you own health, you have to do what joe says... sad.
Nightcrawler April 23, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I sure am glad Grayslake was drawn out of his district. The guy is an embarassment. Thankfully, he's not ours anymore.
cliff babbey April 28, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I agree!!! remember, you who live in glass houses be careful.... Joe is more like the average guy than anyone else in congress and REALLY understands our pain... he has been there
cliff babbey April 28, 2012 at 04:29 PM
you have never been at one of his townhall meetings... because what you are stating just isn't true... you can personaly as him ANYTHING and he will answer it... there is no shouting... things taken out on context, the sure is....
cliff babbey April 28, 2012 at 04:32 PM
mmmm maybe you should become informed... or just maybe you like 1.5 trillion dollar short fall... EACH YEAR... people who comment with out listening normally and understanding the real problem... TOO many.... most have their hand out for government $$$ please THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH...
cliff babbey April 28, 2012 at 04:34 PM
ever been thru a BITTER divorce ?? there is a lot of miss understandings
cliff babbey April 28, 2012 at 04:36 PM
please give full details on you statement "as a respectable Representative that truly cares about the entire District." difference of opinion is always welcome, general blanket statements with no detail are worth nothing
John Berg April 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM
We go to Iran, and that 1.5 trillion will be a small amount of money, and the republicants are gearing up for another profitable venture coming from our pockets. Really, turn off FOX, go to the library and spend time really studying what is going on. A lot of it happens due to our, the American peoples lack of moral fiber covered up in greed, ego, and fear which is food for the big money folks. Last year, 93% of all new wealth was "earned" by the top 4%. That money was "made" off of higher prices while values drop which is the hand in all of our pockets. Be more concerned that no one wants to make the social systems stronger and better managed. Just cutting off money, going bankrupt is not the way to go. Remember, a bank had too eat bill's 750k. They did what they could to go to the rest of their customers with higher fees, etc., to cover theiri losses. No, I have not gone through a bitter divorce, I actually honor my soul's commitment to God, my wife and my kids and do my best not to transform into a raving delusional lunatic trying to tell all the women that they have to do what I say concerning their own body. Colleen, if your health was in danger, or you were a rape victim, you want bill to have the say so of telling you you have to have take that baby to full term? If so, you are not a free individual.
Ignacio Steen May 12, 2012 at 01:27 PM
The total Walsh owes his ex-wife is incorrect in this article, and should be corrected by PATCH. DeadBeat Joe owes $117,000.00, NOT $17,000.
Ignacio Steen May 12, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Babbey - what don't you understand about court-ordered payments and the need to avoid looking like a complete hypocrite by suggesting financial responsibility in Washington is the most important thing, while Walshes' own financial failures figure so prominently in his personal history ? The man is a fool - and anyone who would support a Dead Beat is likewise a fool.


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