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Ex-Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh wants to stop paying child support because he’s out of a job

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh

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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.

“This is the first communication we’ve received from the congressman. She had no information prior to receiving this filing in the mail that he was going to seek this,” said lawyer Jack Coladarci. “He did not pay January, and he has not paid February support.”

In a Feb. 1 court filing entitled “motion to terminate child support obligation,” Walsh’s attorneys asked to change his support requirement, which under a previous agreement, was to continue until May.

“Joe’s employment has been terminated through no voluntary act of his own and he is without sufficient income or assets with which to continue to pay his support obligation,” the filing states. “Due to substantial change of circumstances, Joe requests that his child support obligation be terminated based on his present income and circumstances.”

At one point, the filing asks to amend his payments to be equal to 20 percent of his income — which presumably is 20 percent of zero.

Walsh of McHenry was paying $2,134 a month for one child, Patrick.

Walsh lost his bid for re-election to U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth last November, despite millions spent by outside groups on attack ads against Duckworth, a Democrat who was supported by President Barack Obama and Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.).

During the campaign, Walsh repeatedly chastised his opponents’ criticism of his previous unpaid child support payments. The Sun-Times first reported last year that Walsh was behind in child support.

Walsh’s older son, Joey, held a news conference during the campaign to say the media’s portrayal of his father as a so-called “Deadbeat dad” was far from the truth.

Contributing: Dan Rozek



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