FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2010 file photo, then-Rep.-elect Joe Walsh, R-Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Thursday, July 28, 2011, that Walsh's ex-wife, Laura Walsh has sued her ex-husband for more than $117,000 in what she says is unpaid child support and interest. Laura Walsh filed the claim in December in their divorce case. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Rep. Joe Walsh, Tea Party-Illinois, has once again gone public with his regret that his wife has made a public spectacle of their child support dispute.
In a letter sent from his congressional office, Walsh is offering details of the pleading he filed in Cook County Circuit Court, his response to what he calls “the untrue allegations by his ex-wife Laura Walsh.” According to Walsh:
Mr. Walsh was able to prove (backed up with checks cashed by Laura Walsh) that he did in fact make years of payments at a time in which Laura Walsh claimed she received no payments from Mr. Walsh.
Mr. Walsh did in fact pay his share of the education costs for all of his Children to attend Catholic school; despite the claim that Laura Walsh claims she incurred all of the costs.
By blatantly and knowingly submitting false information in her pleading Laura Walsh and her attorney’s not only broke Illinois state law, but it is clear that the only point in submitting these allegations was an attempt to tarnish the Congressman’s reputation.
From 2007 on, the children lived with Mr. Walsh half the time.
Over a five year period, Mr. Walsh and his wife agreed to both increases and decreases in child support changes, without modifying them in court.
In fact for almost a full year while Laura Walsh was making $140,000 a year and living in another state, Mr. Walsh provided full time residential custodial care for his youngest son, despite making significantly less money than Laura Walsh.
At no time did Mr. Walsh ever ask Laura Walsh for child support despite her high salary and the fact that he was the full time care giver of their only remaining dependent child.
In the letter, which basically calls his ex-wife a vindictive, money-grubbing liar, Walsh writes, “I won’t engage this case in the media, I won’t do that to my children and I won’t do that to the mother of my children.” But, he adds, “Her actions though have left me no choice but to defend myself through the court system. While I have tried to avoid discussing this case with the press, it is clear that the media are now fixated on this case, and are willing to report on her allegations as though they are true…I have unfairly endured two months of media ridicule as a “deadbeat dad.”…to lie about me, especially my worth as a Father just isn’t right and I won’t put up with it.”
Media attention, such as he’s receiving with this blog post, is Joe Walsh’s lifeblood. If he didn’t want publicity for his divorce case, he wouldn’t have written this letter. Personally, I think he should have some class and settle this dispute with his ex-wife on Maury. It actually would be classier than doing it through a Congressional e-mail account.
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