- Jul 28, 2011
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Self-appointed fiscal responsibility hawk and loudmouth, Rep Joe Walsh (R) has been ordered by a judge to prove that he does not owe his ex-wife $100,000 in child support. Looks like the hypocrite's chickens are coming home to roost.
Judge scolds Rep. Joe Walsh, orders him to prove he doesn
A judge in Chicago issued a preliminary ruling Wednesday against U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) in the Tea Party favorites 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 wasnt in court for the hearing the McHenry Republicans ex-wife, Laura Walsh was and said he expects him to show up at the next hearing, in November.
Walshs 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, hes no different than anyone else, the judge said.
Ultimately, Laura Walshs attorney said the congressman probably wouldnt have to come to court for the next hearing, after all.
Still, Vega said he was going to issue a rule to show cause why Walsh shouldnt be held in contempt of court for falling behind, according to his ex-wife, by $100,000 in his child support over the past five years.
The effect of that ruling is that, instead of Laura Walsh having to prove that the congressman owes the money, now the burden shifts to the congressman to prove that he doesnt owe money, according to attorneys for both Walshes.
Laura Walsh said her husband started making half-payments years ago and then making no payments at all, claiming he had no money.
Last year, when she saw he had made a $35,000 contribution to his own congressional campaign, Laura Walsh said she became suspicious about his no money claims and had her attorney file the motion that Judge Vega granted on Wednesday.
In less than a year in Congress, the telegenic, silver-haired freshman has catapulted to the top of the cable television short-list, offering pithy anti-Obama soundbites, often criticizing the Obama administration for fiscal irresponsibility.