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Walsh Fails to List Child Support Debt on Disclosure Form

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    D.C. Tweeter Sahil Kapur has the best line yet on Rep. Joe Walsh’s child support issues: “In Joe Walsh’s defense, his kids don’t have a revenue problem, they have a spending problem.”

    Kapur was responding to a Talking Points Memo report that Walsh “does not list any child support debt on his financial disclosure form, as required for any liability worth more than $10,000.”

    Walsh’s ex-wife, Laura, is suing him for $117,347 in child support, covering the years 2005 to 2010. According to Craig Holman of Public Citizen, Walsh could face discipline from the House Ethics Committee for failing to file proper disclosure forms. The House would probably be satisfied if Walsh amends his forms to include the child support debt, Holman.

    But as TPM points out, that would put Walsh “in a bit of a bind. Filing an amended form would require Walsh to admit that he owes at least $10,000 in back child support, what would be an ugly political liability that could knock him out of his role as one of the top Tea Party freshmen Republicans spokesmen.”

    Walsh’s alleged deadbeat dadness has already cost him his role as a spokesman on MSNBC’s “The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell.” O’Donnell has banned Walsh from his show until he pays child support. 

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