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Rep. Walsh: "But She Said I Didn't Have to Pay Child Support"

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 12, 2011 6:20PM

2011_09_21_joe_walsh.jpg We're loving the schadenfreude that is Congressman Joe Walsh's child support drama. The more the representative for the 8th Congressional District opens his mouth, the deeper he sinks in quicksand.

In a court filing late last week, Walsh said he had a "verbal" agreement with ex-wife Laura Walsh to halt child support payments three years ago. the filing also said that, at the time, she was the breadwinner of the two and the children were spending more time with him, and he could have petitioned the court for a modification of his child support obligations, but he thought Laura Walsh was as honorable as he.

A written statement released Thursday by Walsh's office read:

“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.”

The statement also read:

“I don’t know why my ex-wife filed this complaint last December, three weeks after I was elected a U.S. congressman.”

Just a guess: Laura Walsh filed the December complaint because he was just a U.S. Congressman and saw an opportunity for him to make good on the alleged $117,000 in back child support payments he owes her.

Walsh's office said he felt the need to "reveal the truth publicly" in an effort to fight the growing perception he welshes on his financial obligations. Laura Walsh's attorney, Jack Coladarci, said his client stands by what was filed in her December complaint.