SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
I’ll be back on Monday

Friday, Jul 29, 2011

* The vacation was so relaxing that I extended it a few extra days. Everybody’s probably focused on the DC train wreck anyway.

* Sen. Susan Garrett has often told me that she is a big fan of our traditional Friday afternoon music video sign-off. Since she announced her retirement this week, I decided to let her pick today’s song

I climbed a mountain and I turned around

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


*** UPDATED x1 *** Will Walsh flame out?

Thursday, Jul 28, 2011

* Freshman Congressman Joe Walsh’s biggest obstacle to reelection is the Republican primary next year. Unless the new map is tossed out by the courts, he’ll most likely be up against fellow freshman Republican Randy Hultgren. Whoever wins that primary will almost assuredly win in November.

Walsh, who won a fluke election against Democrat Melissa Bean last year, has brilliantly played to his hardcore base this year with multiple appearances on national cable TV shows. He has displayed an enormous talent for delivering red meat, made-for-cable rants against President Obama. Democrats and moderate independents may be horrified with Walsh’s rather odd schtick, but this is all about the 2012 primary. Up until now, I’ve considered him the odds-on favorite against Hultgren, an equally conservative, but camera-shy and soft-spoken tea partier.

* Too much heat can create a flameout, however, and Walsh’s checkered past may be starting to catch up with him

Freshman U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, a tax-bashing Tea Party champion who sharply lectures President Barack Obama and other Democrats on fiscal responsibility, owes more than $100,000 in child support to his ex-wife and three children, according to documents his ex-wife filed in their divorce case in December.

“I won’t place one more dollar of debt upon the backs of my kids and grandkids unless we structurally reform the way this town spends money!” Walsh says directly into the camera in his viral video lecturing Obama on the need to get the nation’s finances in order. […]

In court documents, after his ex-wife, Laura Walsh, asked a judge to suspend his driver’s license until he paid his child support, Joe Walsh asks his ex-wife’s lawyer: “Have you no decency?”

Joe Walsh’s attorney, R. Steven Polachek, called the claim of a $117,437 debt “unfounded. […]

Before getting elected, he had told Laura Walsh that because he was out of work or between jobs, he could not make child support payments. So she was surprised to read in his congressional campaign disclosures that he was earning enough money to loan his campaign $35,000.

“Joe personally loaned his campaign $35,000, which, given that he failed to make any child support payments to Laura because he ‘had no money’ is surprising,” Laura Walsh’s attorneys wrote in a motion filed in December seeking $117,437 in back child support and interest. “Joe has paid himself back at least $14,200 for the loans he gave himself.”

Walsh’s most fervent supporters will undoubtedly dismiss this story as a “liberal media” attack on their firebrand hero. But it won’t take too many more reports like this to give Hultgren the campaign ammunition he needs to make Walsh a one-termer. Walsh’s curious ability to find money for expensive houses and large campaign loans have never been fully explained, so I expect there will be more follow-up, particularly since he has attempted to become a national spokesperson for the Obama opposition.

Also, this is Illinois. We have a long moderate tradition here (moderate meaning “temperament” rather than actual voting records). His over the top act could easily grow stale, particularly if it’s undermined by personal integrity questions.

*** UPDATE *** From a press release…

Congressman Walsh Statement on Chicago Sun-Times Hit Piece

WASHINGTON –It is not lost on me that a court case filed almost 8 months ago regarding a marriage that ended more than 8 years ago would be brought up today. We are 72 hours away from one of the biggest decisions our country has to make about its financial future. I understand why this is a story and why the media has to ask me about it. I understood as a candidate, and I understand as a sitting member of Congress that the scrutiny of my personal life will be intense. This is a tough business. It’s also not lost on me that not everyone agrees with me politically, I am the tip of the spear in this current debate, and I will be attacked.

Let me say this. I love all the members of my family past and present. I’ve always given everything I have to meet my financial obligations to my children and I will fight until my last breath against anyone who says otherwise. My children are truly the treasure of my life, which is why I’ve been trying to resolve this issue since January in a court of law, rather than drag my children into it. That is the appropriate venue and I will not discuss this private family issue in public.

The people of Illinois’ eighth congressional district voted for me not because I’m wealthy but because they wanted a fighter in Washington. They did not vote for me because I was a career politician, but because they wanted one of them as their Representative in DC. They wanted someone to stand up to Washington and tell them the spending has to stop. This morning that is exactly what I am going to continue to do.

I have tried to be the most accessible Congressman on the planet and I will continue to do so moving forward. These latest attacks against me are false and I will fight them in the appropriate venue. And as your Congressman I promise you that I am going to put my head down, get back to work and continue to fight for our freedoms and our children’s future. I’m not going to let some hit piece in the media deter me from that.

- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off      


PREVIOUS POSTS »
* Art returned after police report filed
* NORML: GA should accept Rauner's AV
* Maybe not
* Message synergy
* AFSCME claims threats, calls Rauner opposition "hysteria"
* Rauner using race as an issue against AFSCME bill
* Running on empty and can't fill the tank
* Attorneys: Providers still not being paid
* Moody's: Illinois ratings will be based on whether state can deal with revenue problems and show it can make required pension payments
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Sling TV now available on selected Amazon Fire tablets
        * HTC teaser suggests launch event could be just days away
        * Users angered by Cheetah Mobile’s purchase of QuickPic
        * OnePlus One handset explodes while charging overnight
        * Amazon Prime Video Introduces Offline Viewing for iPhone and iPad
        * Nextbit announces Robin: a rebellious Android phone
        * Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Raises $11M

        * White Sox callups likely to be familiar faces
        * Podcast: See you in September
        * Guessing the White Sox' September call-ups
        * White Sox Minor League Update: Aug. 30-Sept. 5
        * White Sox steal finale win from Mariners
        * Ventura keeps disappointment in perspective
        * White Sox battle back, capitalize on error

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        September 2015
        August 2015
        July 2015
        June 2015
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Manhunt in northern Illinois prompts school lockdown
        * EXCHANGE: Sycamore family ponders future after loss of barn
        * HUD approves loan guarantee to Rockford for hotel project
        * Marion trailer park pays $75K to settle discrimination probe
        * Drew Peterson due back in court as trial approaches
        * University survey looks at issues for transgendered
        * State, Teamsters agree on new contract
        * Chicago sues former red light camera operator
        * Heavy rainfall tarnishes quality of Illinois wheat crop
        * East St. Louis man charged in fatal Swansea stabbing

        * State, Teamsters agree on new contract that includes four-year wage freeze
        * State, Teamsters agree on new contract
        * Rauner signs law toughening penalties on drunken drivers
        * Illinois State Museum is latest target in political fight
        * Moody's warns Illinois lawmakers of budget stalemate impact
        * Rauner signs law toughening penalties on drunk drivers
        * Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuclear plant
        * Illinois investigates parole board members' bankruptcies
        * Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuke plant
        * Illinois investigates state parole board members' bankruptcies

        * Stocks plunge again on more bad China news
        * Judge acquits Chicago lawyer of coaching clients to lie
        * O'Hare has the most flights, but Atlanta's got the most passengers
        * Exelon prepares to join in corporate Chicago's head chopping
        * Is Obama headed to New York's Columbia University?


          * Police: Woman found stabbed to death in Lansing
          * Fox Lake high school locked down due to police activity
          * Pope Francis asks bullied Chicago girl to sing for him
          * $5,000 reward offered in beating, sexual assault of woman in Willowbrook
          * Violence leaves 3 dead, 5 injured across city
          * 2 Chicago cops injured in crash on South Side
          * Flight to Midway diverted to Texas when fight breaks out on board
          * Emanuel met with chants, protesters at first public budget hearing
          * Bowling alley ravaged by fire long a Lincoln Square hangout
          * Officers alert Little Village family to electrical fire


          * Todd Maisch: National labor board's decision a real jobs killer
          * State, Teamsters agree on new contract that includes four-year wage freeze
          * Rauner signs law toughening penalties on drunken drivers
          * Illinois State Museum is latest target in political fight
          * Moody's warns Illinois lawmakers of budget stalemate impact
          * The Rev. David Hoefler: Springfield diocese not targeting non-Catholics
          * Exelon mulls closure of unprofitable Quad Cities nuclear plant
          * Illinois investigates parole board members' bankruptcies
          * Our Opinion: Drop in Illinois State Fair attendance not such a mystery
          * Bernard Schoenburg: 'Great conversation' has Rep. Rodney Davis hopeful about VA head


          * Marion mobile home park pays $75,000 to settle discrimination probe
          * Southwest flight diverted after passengers become disorderly
          * Study: Midlife obesity may spur risk for earlier Alzheimer's
          * Investigators: Georgia officer likely shot by other officers
          * Clinton, aides stressed protecting State Department info in email
          * Kentucky clerk still won't issue same-sex marriage licenses
          * Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'
          * Flood advisories in effect Tuesday
          * Lightning strike leads to congestion
          * State Treasurer Mike Frerichs 9/1/2015


          * Report: Fox Lake cop shot, police manhunt for 2 armed suspects
          * Investigators: Georgia officer likely shot by other officers
          * Canadian PM denies recession despite 2 negative quarters
          * US factories grow in August at slowest pace since May 2013
          * Study: Midlife obesity may spur risk for earlier Alzheimer's

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * Chicago HIV/AIDS funding rally Sept. 4 - C......
          * Durbin, Schakowsky help celebrate flood re......

          * On International Overdose Day, Kirk Urges ......
          * Kirk visits health-care innovation facilit......

          * Comptroller defends her payment choices
          * Health Professionals Call Dyett Hunger Strike A 'Health Care Emergency,' Urge Emanuel To Intervene
          * State of Illinois, Teamsters Reach New Labor Contract Deal
          * Chicago Youth To Protest At City Hall Over Dyett High School
          * Chicago Suing Redflex Traffic Systems Over Bribery Scandal
          * Whole House committee review; Bankruptcy proposal heard; State picks up air quality regulation authority
          * Whitehead: Sheep Led to the Slaughter: The Muzzling of Free Speech in America
          * Activists To Rally Saturday For An Elected Chicago Police Accountability Board
          * Chicago Suing Former Red Light Camera Operator
          * The Real Curse Of Downers Grove . . .


          * State-Teamsters One Step Closer to Finalizing Agreement
          * Veteran Spouse Ada Ruth Cripps Honored As The IDVA Volunteer of the Year
          * Governor Announces Appointments
          * State to Issue $16 million in Credits to Reverse Penalties for Monthly Electronic Wage Reporting - Rules provide relief for nearly 13,000 employers over the next six months
          * Two Deaths at Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller