Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), Tea Party favorite who demands that Washington get its fiscal house in order for the next generation, is a deadbeat dad:
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.
…Before getting elected, he had told [ex-wife] Laura Walsh that because he was out of work or between jobs, he could not make child support payments. So she was surprised to read in his congressional campaign disclosures that he was earning enough money to loan his campaign $35,000.
In addition, according to motions filed by Laura Walsh’s lawyers, “Joe has paid himself back at least $14,200 for the loans he gave himself.”
Walsh seems to view being a deadbeat dad as a campaign asset, claiming it enables him to understand “real America”:
Walsh: I know that story just broke, and it’s interesting that it just broke right now as I’m out there trying my best to fight this President and fight the Democrats and solve this debt crisis. But look, I’m the most openly vetted candidate in the world. I have had financial troubles and I talked about them throughout the campaign. This is where real America is.