After insisting he wasn’t a “deadbeat dad” throughout his failed campaign for re-election, ex-U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh skipped last month’s child support payment and has asked to stop paying altogether.
His reason: Since he’s out of Congress, he’s now unemployed.
Walsh, a flame-throwing Tea Party Republican who was trying to land a radio deal and has launched a social media campaign against Fox commentator Karl Rove, did not pay the $2,134 in child support he owed in January, according to the attorney who represents Walsh’s ex-wife,.
And now Walsh has filed a request in Cook County Circuit Court to stop paying child support because he’s unemployed.
Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), a Tea-Party darling who has made a name for himself on the talk show circuit lecturing Democrats to get the nation’s finances in order, has been under fire in recent weeks over charges that he’s a deadbeat dad, owing more than $100,000 in child support.
Last Thursday, Walsh told constituents at a townhall that he plans to “privately and legally” fight his ex-wife’s claims that he owes more than $100,000 in child support, which he called “wildly inaccurate.” A recent Chicago Sun-Times article reported that his ex-wife is suing him for $117,000 in unpaid support.