Is Joe T. Party a deadbeat dad?

Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh sued for $100,000 in child support

Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December.

“I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says directly into the camera in his viral video lecturing Obama on the need to get the nation’s finances in order.

Walsh starts the video by saying, “President Obama, quit lying. Have you no shame, sir? In three short years, you’ve bankrupted this country.”

In court documents, after his ex-wife, Laura Walsh, asked a judge to suspend his driver’s license until he paid his child support, Joe Walsh asks his ex-wife’s lawyer: “Have you no decency?”

Joe’s lawyer says he doesn’t owe that much, but it sounds like somebody needs to get their fiscal house in order.


Joe T. Party responds:

He’s so busy fighting for us he doesn’t have time to take care of his own problems. What a guy!


Despite loaning his own campaign $35,000 — and paying himself back at least $14,200 for the loans — Walsh claims he failed to make the payments because he “had no money.”

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20 Responses to Ruh-roh!

  1. DeniseVB says:

    I have zero tolerance for any politician who’s a hypocrite or a sex pervert.

    Though wondering why his oppo didn’t uncover this nugget last election? Divorced pols have all kinds of goodies in their lock boxes 🙂

  2. yttik says:

    “I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids….”

    LOL! That’s kind of funny! Can he not spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-s-y?

    Also, there’s that nasty reality always hidden behind all this rhetoric. One huge reason we have to spend government money to reduce poverty in the first place is because so many men fail to pay child support properly.

    • Jadzia says:

      Ha ha. I asked for overdue child support (which I only ever put in my son’s college fund anyway) about 7 years ago and my ex-husband’s mommy hired him a lawyer to sue me for custody. I ended up losing WAY more in lawyer fees than he owed me. Yay California. You don’t even want to know how much he’s behind at this point, it’s not even worth asking the court to help. I hope Rep. Joe’s kids get what they need.

      • Too many go through that same BS. (Self included) Never did get my back support.
        I left a comment on another blog- perhaps young women need to get an upfront escrow account before bearing any children.

      • djmm says:

        Contact your State Attorney General if you have not yet done so. In many states you can get the support as deductions from his payroll check. I think they can also be deducted from his Social Security check.

        There are many great dads (I had one) and many great dads happen to get divorced. They take care of their children. But the ones like Rep. Walsh make me really mad.


  3. votermom says:

    Joe’s lawyer says he doesn’t owe that much, but it sounds like somebody needs to get their fiscal house in order.

    But don’t you see, Walsh has put his financial house in order by cutting off his kids’ entitlements. /snark

    • ralphb says:

      Just imagine how much good he could do for those entitlements of strangers. It boggles the mind.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    Sad but true:

    Walsh’s attorney conceded that the congressman owes unpaid child support, but added Walsh has “had no more problems with child support than any other average guy.”

    That’s because the “average guy” is a selfish jerk.

    • ralphb says:

      selfish jerk is understating it. 😉

    • Jadzia says:

      I disagree that the “average guy” is a selfish jerk. (Well, maybe that’s not STRICTLY true. But I very much want to be a good enough person not to think that of most men.) That lawyer sure sounds like an asshole — but I would LOVE to hear him say that to the judge. myiq, you practice in a different part of California than I did — how does the “but everybody ELSE does it!!!” defense play up there?

  5. WMCB says:

    Thee are legitimate reasons to have a child support payment dispute over how much is owed. For instance, I’ve seen a situation where the custodial parent dumped the kids on the non-custodial parent and disappeared for 6 months – then came back and wanted “their” back child support for all those months.

    But unless something like that ends up being the dispute, then he looks like a real asshole. Ugh.

    • Jadzia says:

      Two things. One: If that was the case here, I’m sure Joe T. Party would have alerted the media already. He doesn’t strike me as a shy guy. Two: In the above-referenced situation, the remedy is to go to court for a modification based on the changed circumstances. If the purportedly custodial parent really has disappeared, unless you’ve got a really awful judge (and they do exist, of course), you’ll get your modification.

      • WMCB says:

        Oh, yeah, I know. And if something like that were the case, while it does not let him off the hook legally (you’d have to go get it adjudicated for that) there could at least be some kind of moral justification for not paying back support. But I have little doubt that if it were a legitimate dispute as to what was owed, there would already be a statement to that effect.

        It’s like Wu, or Weiner, or Rangle not paying his taxes for me – character matters. I don’t care if you vote “correctly”, if you are a sleazy skeeze I don’t want you in Congress.

  6. yttik says:

    “Walsh claims he failed to make the payments because he “had no money.”

    LOL! Sometimes I fantasize about telling the kids, sorry guys, they’ll be no more food, medical care, x box, cable TV, clothes, etc, etc, because mommy has decided she’d prefer to spend her money on other things now. See ya!

    It’s such a ridiculous concept, it’s almost comical. Some men would find it ridiculous too, but for far too many men, that’s exactly what they do.

  7. 1539days says:

    This is one stupid move. It’s only money here. You pay the child support and this thing goes away.

  8. djmm says:

    Juanita Jean has a good take on this, over at The World’s Most Dangerous Beauty Salon:


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