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Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Deadbeat/Average guy)<br/>
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Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Deadbeat)
In never ceases to amaze me, the sort of people that the tea party looks to as heroes:
A judge in Chicago issued a preliminary ruling Wednesday against U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) in the Tea Party favorite’s child-support dispute with his ex-wife, ordering Walsh to explain why he appears to be $100,000 behind on his child-support payments.

Cook County Circuit Judge Raul Vega also wanted to know why Walsh wasn’t in court for the hearing — the McHenry Republican’s ex-wife, Laura Walsh was — and said he expects him to show up at the next hearing, in November.

Walsh’s new attorney, Janet Boyle, asked Vega “for what purpose” he wanted the congressman in court.

Vega gave her a puzzled look.

To which Boyle responded: “Mr. Walsh is a U.S. congressman.”

“Well, he’s no different than anyone else,” the judge said.

The issue remains Walsh's apparent refusal to pay $100,000 in overdue child support, while at the same time somehow scrounging up enough money to cut himself $35,000 checks for his own reelection. It is now up to Walsh to tell the court why he didn't pay the previously court-ordered amount (or produce evidence that he did pay it) or face contempt.

You would think that if Walsh wanted to get reelected, it might be worth paying his child support just to keep papers from constantly reporting on how he's not paying is child support. Apart from the whole "maybe you should support your own damn kids" part, of course. Also remember that this is the guy that got his driver's license suspended for not paying his car insurance. This guy is lecturing everyone on government responsibility, but he seems to have a hell of a lax attitude when it comes to his own financial obligations.

But it's nice to know that even congressmen are maybe expected to show up for their own court hearings, right? Even tea party congressmen, no less.

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  •  Unbelievable - why should he be here? (19+ / 0-)

    Because he's being sued over his support, duh!! He's a congressman, not a King!

    Rick Perry - the greatest scientist since Galileo!

    by Bobs Telecaster on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:02:37 PM PDT

  •  Rep. Walsh has one term written all over him (7+ / 0-)

    And if I read one "Rocky Mountain Way" joke / reference in this thread, I'm gonna throw up straight through to the offender's monitor.

    Tea Party manifesto: We're resigned to our collective fate because we don't want no stinkin' collective future with the likes of you

    by Richard Cranium on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:04:54 PM PDT

    •  Keep a count of days of his non-payment and (2+ / 0-)
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      arigold, TRPChicago

      intone with the most seriousness of very serious people, that "It's the Seven Hundred Forty-Second Day that Joe Walsh has held hostage the child support past due to support his family. And still no one really knows what his ultimate demands are.  Can anyone in the House explain his actions?  Will the House Ethics committee look into this?  How long until a Tyra or Opra will invites onto her show his deprived and beleaguered family?"

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 08:26:06 PM PDT

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  •  Brilliant (8+ / 0-)

    The wingnuts can waste half of President Clinton's term with BS civil suits, but a mere congressman isn't legally obliged to pay his own child support BECAUSE he's a congressman?

    Classic example of IOKIYAR.

    The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

    by Korkenzieher on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:07:03 PM PDT

    •  Republicans never claimed House members' (0+ / 0-)

      offices were sacred like the Oval Office.  Guys like Joe Walsh are average guys just representing other average guys, and living the dream with red-blooded American male gusto.  And part of IOKIYAR is that you don't ever have to think it all the way through because you can appeal to God's grace or call or Satan's heavy hands and/or the pernicious plots of liberals whenever the nasty stuff starts to leak out.  

      Imagine what would have happened if Clinton had merely claimed "Satan made him and her do it" when confronted with the stained blue dress and his very subtle testimony on the meaning of "is" and did a week of repenting and reforming.  Gingrich's Special Prosecutor Kenneth Star then would have had to prove that the devil didn't make him/her do it and that God didn't offer Clinton forgiveness and grace.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 08:03:31 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  interesting after our humiliating defeat.. (0+ / 0-)

    we focus on this loser?I for one think ny sent a message..listen to your base.Obama is gone .

    •  You be troll, n00b? n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      nonnie9999, vidanto, vcmvo2

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:10:07 PM PDT

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    •  What defeat are you referring to? (2+ / 0-)
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      vidanto, JeffW

      "I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them." - Adlai E. Stevenson

      by Zutroy on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:22:09 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Have some troll pie. nt (0+ / 0-)

      Someone in a very expensive suit is at the front door and says he wants to foreclose on our democracy. Where should I tell him he can put his robosigning pen?

      by Into The Woods on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 08:32:23 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  That district's gone in redistricting (1+ / 0-)
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      anyway -- the new congressman barely has time to order new window blinds.

      Why shouldn't we focus on this "loser"? Perfect example of GOP hypocrisy -- talk about "government responsibility" while having none of your own.

      Now to try to end the wars we ask our gay and straight soldiers to fight. -- Chris Hayes

      by Cali Scribe on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 09:10:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Interesting set of comments you've got here (0+ / 0-)


      This is the first page:

      454 comments by sparty.

      1.    interesting after our humiliating defeat..
      from Deadbeat Congressman Joe Walsh still not paying his child support

      2.    the fact that this is close...
      from NY-09, NV-02 Special Elections Liveblog Thread #1

      3.    wish it was a different democrat..
      from MA-Sen: Dem mayor of Boston praises Scott Brown and tea party, sows doubt about Elizabeth Warren

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      from Representatives not eager to hold August town halls

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      from Bachmann wants to cut Social Security, Medicare now

      6.    momentum loss
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      7.    considering the money we poured in..
      from Wisconsin recall liveblog thread #3

      8.    Obama will take the hit on this..
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      10.    when he wins..blame Obama..
      from Sunday Talk: Out of the frying pan, into the fire

      11.    it happened on our watch...
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      from CBS Poll: 71% shun GOP handling of debt crisis

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      Pretty negative, on the whole.

      Obama is not a dark-skinned anti-war socialist who offers free healthcare. You're thinking of Jesus.

      by DMiller on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 09:12:10 PM PDT

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  •  Republican family values (7+ / 0-)

    The ad writes itself.

    By the way is this being consantly reported?

    it might be worth paying his child support just to keep papers from constantly reporting on how he's not paying is child support.
    •  Walsh's district was made much more Dem (0+ / 0-)

      He'll either have to butt out or run in a primary against Hultgren in IL-14.  Hultgren will obviously be the one to unleash this against him.

      'The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.' -Mohandas K. Gandhi

      by KingofSpades on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:38:56 PM PDT

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    •  To really throw a wrench in the works, just pay (0+ / 0-)

      some of the long overdue child support in a few large lump sums on his behalf...then watch him squirm when pressed for the rest.  Mea culpa...

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 08:06:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  "For what purpose?" (5+ / 0-)
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    nonnie9999, noweasels, wyvern, TexDem, vidanto

    Can you say "body attachment?"

    If you think you're too small to be effective, you've never been in the dark with a mosquito.

    by marykk on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:09:53 PM PDT

  •  the party of fiscal and personal (6+ / 0-)

    responsibility, my ass!

    larger version

    I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

    by nonnie9999 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:10:06 PM PDT

    •  This pic obviously shows he has anaphylatic shock (2+ / 0-)
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      nonnie9999, Nada Lemming

      arising from the inflammatory and misguided demands of petty, ill-informed liberals that he behave in a socially responsible manner and hand over perfectly good cash to benefit an ex-spouse and dependent children. Won't anyone think of the defenseless bank accounts?

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 08:11:46 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The story you quote on your blog (0+ / 0-)

      says Walsh has raised $600,000 for his re-election.

      I think it would be fair to change that "raised" to "extorted."

      Nobody willingly gives that much money to a deadbeat.

      by hannah on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 01:07:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  What's the problem? (5+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, vidanto, Sandino, TRPChicago, MPociask

    The Tea Party Republican Party is all about personal responsibility. Having the freedom to make your own choices.

    Walsh's kids should damn well take responsibility, and raise themselves. They shouldn't expect a nanny daddy to pay for their food, shelter, clothing and schooling just because they inconveniently happen to be under age. It's their own damn fault for not being older and having jobs already.

    (Do I have to even say snark anymore?)

    Resident Palin - even if she did take up residency in the White House in 2012, it's too painful to use the "P" word combined with her name

    by lotac on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:14:26 PM PDT

  •  Just wow. (6+ / 0-)

    The party of "sanctity of life" cheers a comment about letting someone die for failing to have health insurance and supports a Congressman who, having procreated, refuses to support his children.  Or even show up in Court.  Because "he's a Congressman."  Seriously?  What happened to personal responsibility?  Oh, yeah, that's for everyone else.

  •  Get a clue, tea party people (5+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, TexDem, not a cent, The grouch, denig

    A man who won't support his own children? Why do you think he gives a damn about you or what you need?

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:14:31 PM PDT

  •  Like anyone else, he needs to be there... (1+ / 0-)
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    for the handcuffing. You know, just in case.

  •  Just yesterday I renewed my professional license.. (9+ / 0-)

    ... here in Illinois. A question I was required to answer to do that was whether or not I was in arrears for any child support payments. Why is it not required for a representative of the state of Illinois to do that as well?

    "It does not require many words to speak the truth." -- Chief Joseph, native American leader (1840-1904)

    by highfive on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:16:15 PM PDT

  •  Love that picture... (2+ / 0-)
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    KingofSpades, JeffW

    ..of ole Joe.

    This must be his facial expression when his wife informs him the kids have vitamin deficiencies because Mr. Asshole Deadbeat Dad refuses to pay enough child support to buy groceries.

    When Fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in excess body fat and carrying a misspelled sign.

    by wyvern on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:19:14 PM PDT

  •  Here in NY,... (6+ / 0-)

    ...I have prosecuted many civil contempt proceedings in such cases, sometimes resulting in jail sentences.  I'd be happy to travel to there and do the same, with the permission of the court.

    Oh, there you are, Perry. -Phineas -SLB-

    by boran2 on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:20:32 PM PDT

  •  wonder if he's the congresscritter (0+ / 0-)

    whose complaint about lighting resulted in removal of the energy-efficient lightbulbs in the Cannon office building and their replacement with incandescents, thus foregoing the government's nearly $200,000 annual savings?

    The incandescents bulbs will be replaced later with even more expensive LED bulbs, thus using twice as much labor.


    Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

    by Mnemosyne on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:20:59 PM PDT

  •  How much, if any, are taxpayers on the hook (1+ / 0-)
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    for all the court costs associated with this case? I also wonder if his family used any kind of public assistance, (food stamps, reduced price school lunches, etc.) due to his irresponsibility.  Some family values, eh?

    Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Hanging Up My Tusks on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:23:53 PM PDT

  •  He looks like the P.I., Deets, in Trading Places. (1+ / 0-)
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    The guy who purloined the OJ concentrate futures report.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:25:20 PM PDT

  •  Here's what the Judge basically said to Walsh: (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Into The Woods

    'The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.' -Mohandas K. Gandhi

    by KingofSpades on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:36:49 PM PDT

  •  St. Peter Won't Take Kindly to That Kind (1+ / 0-)
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    of cross-questioning from Walsh's lawyer when the ex-Congressman bids his final farewell to the House.

    "Your time has come, John Walsh."

    Walsh turns to look at his lawyer, "Get me outta this!" he hisses.

    Ms Boyle steps forward.  "For what purpose do you want the former congressman at the Pearly Gates, St. Peter?"

    "For the purpose of shutting them in his face and kicking the bum downstairs!  Be there."

    Boyle hands the bill to her client,  "Guess we'd better settle up now."

    "What do you mean?" whines Walsh. "You didn't help me at all!"

    Boyle is already looking past him to a point over his left shoulder, and says as she prepares to walk away, "Well, you're out."

    Readers & Book Lovers Pull up a chair! You're never too old to be a Meta Groupie

    by Limelite on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:41:32 PM PDT

  •  Damn liberal activist judges! (0+ / 0-)

    Just who do they think they are?  Don't they know their bullshit liberal "rules" and so called "laws" have no place in Tea party America???  The REAL America?

    My style is impetuous.
    My defense is impregnable.

    by samfish on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:47:35 PM PDT

  •  What a DICK! (1+ / 0-)
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    "The Internet is the Public Square of the 21st Century"- Sen. Al Franken

    by Kdoug on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 07:49:52 PM PDT

  •  Might "face contempt"? Too late. The contempt (1+ / 0-)
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    train has already left the station.

    The judge would just be making it official.  

    Someone in a very expensive suit is at the front door and says he wants to foreclose on our democracy. Where should I tell him he can put his robosigning pen?

    by Into The Woods on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 08:33:32 PM PDT

  •  Hey, it's IOKIYAR! (1+ / 0-)
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    If a Democrat did this, Fox News and the rest of the Media Whores would be all over this 24/7.

    But, this is a Republican, and it's OK...

  •  Find him in contempt, (1+ / 0-)
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    and send the Marshals onto the House floor to arrest him. That should wake him up a bit!

    Might convince a few other members of that august body to pay up on theirs too...

    "It is our choices Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." -Albus Dumbledore ~~~~~~~~~

    by Lainie on Wed Sep 14, 2011 at 09:04:32 PM PDT

  •  Deadbeat Dad: Perfect frame for GOP (1+ / 0-)
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    We should all be familiar with Lakoff's study of 'framing' and the GOPs 'Strict Father' frame versus the ideal democratic vision of the 'Supporting Family'.  I think a great option for subverting the father figure paradigm of government in the GOP worldview is to brand them as deadbeat dads.  Look at the GOP, and the teabaggers.  They strut around buying all the hot war toys, while neglecting, refusing, or attempting to default the commitments they already made. Preaching austerity for their abandoned family, while showering their corporate/finance mistresses with pricey trinkets and tax cuts they don't even need.

    just sayin...

  •  I'm really sort of surprised the judge's answer (0+ / 0-)

    was as mild as that, given the venue and the missing party's occupation.  Judges tend to like to be the most important human being in their own courtroom

  •  He's no deadbeat he's an austerity dad! -Tea Party (0+ / 0-)
  •  He'd be facing 180 days in jail (1+ / 0-)
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    if he were in New York State and the judge found him to be in willful violation of an Order of Support (which he certainly seems to be).

    This shithead needs a taste of what jail is like.  As a judge friend of mine likes to say: "nothing so clears the mind like the prospect of being sent to jail."

    " ... or a baby's arm holding an apple!"

    by Lavocat on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 03:45:53 AM PDT

  •  Walsh didn't get to where he is by (0+ / 0-)

    being reasonable, responsible, or sane.

    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 05:44:25 AM PDT

  •  What does Walsh and and a sack full of (0+ / 0-)

    hammers have in common.

    Intelligence level.

    Just as prostitution is the world's oldest profession, religion is the world's oldest scam.

    by Agent420 on Thu Sep 15, 2011 at 10:18:55 AM PDT

  •  Can't believe this DEADBEAT is preaching fiscal (0+ / 0-)

    responsibility?  Give me a freaking break.

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