SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** 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      

* AG Madigan wants federal civil rights probe of CPD
* Another one?
* *** LIVE COVERAGE *** Leaders' meeting
* Chicago GOP cries foul over Democratic interference
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Rauner rejects latest refugee offer
* "At some point, however, deadlock will take its toll"
* Question of the day - Golden Horseshoe Awards
* *** UPDATED x3 - Sneed: Gone *** Gone?
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Springfield's Rauner primaries
* Today's meeting primer
* Comptroller will make full December pension payment
* Caption contest!
* *** UPDATED x2 - Cable buy deets - Duckworth says Kirk acts "how enemies like ISIS want us to act" *** Mark Kirk uses Syrian refugee issue in new attack on Duckworth
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

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

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* Explore museums virtually through Google’s Arts and Culture app
* Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 hits high single-core score on benchmark
* iPhone 7 prototypes, Amazon Apple TV battle & more – Pocketnow Daily
* The Surface Phone is dead, long live the Surface Phone
* Samsung working on scrollable devices according to patents
* Samsung releases 3D internet browser for Gear VR
* [TA Deals] Save 20% on all eLearning packages!

* Alex Avila wants to play, and against the Tigers
* Avila eager to wage 'friendly' AL Central rivalry
* Non-tender deadline looks familiar for White Sox
* Detroit Tigers make AL Central's first big splash with Jordan Zimme...
* South Side Sox' SB Nation MLB Awards voting results
* Starting Pitcher Rankings: Chris Sale and Jose Quintana maintain st...
* Scouting profile: Adam Engel


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
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


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* Illinois budget talks restart with no hint of c.....
* Leaders meet, no progress on budget - The Southern..
* Rauner, Democrats hold 1st meeting in months on.....
* Rauner, Democrats hold first meeting in months .....
* On property taxes and schools, elected leaders .....

* Rauner, Democrats hold 1st meeting in months on state budget
* The Latest: GOP leader criticizes Democrats' spending
* Man charged in library knife attack to get mental exam
* Mitsubishi plant in Normal ends production
* Interim chancellor: Illinois football needed stability
* 1st-term Belleville alderwoman Schmidt dies
* 2 candidates challenging US Sen. Mark Kirk in GOP primary
* Aurora rapist gets 6 years for failing to report new address
* EXCHANGE: Kids get peek at work of veterinary clinic
* Bionic thumb allows Illinois man to 'do fantastic things'

* U of I index shows economic growth despite state budget deadlock
* Rauner, Democrats hold first meeting in months on state budget
* U of I index shows growth despite state budget deadlock
* Rauner, Democrats hope for best with budget summit
* Syrian refugees become issue in Illinois Senate race
* Cities, counties demand action amid Illinois budget mess
* Two file to run against Rodney Davis as candidates rush to beat Monday deadline
* Candidates rush to beat Monday filing deadline
* Judge orders Illinois to pay home health workers' insurance
* Cities, counties struggle during Illinois budget mess

* Vance Publishing to sell off business
* GE, MetLife back wind farm that will run Microsoft's Chicago data center
* D.C. deal would revive Ex-Im Bank
* Downstate Mitsubishi plant makes last vehicle
* Bricks-and-mortar sales plummeted over Thanksgiving

* Sweet: Kirk unleashes attack ad on Duckworth
* Patrick Kane named NHL’s first star of the month
* Sneed: Garry McCarthy blindsided by firing
* History of Chicago top cops facing heat
* Rauner, leaders vow to negotiate, but stick to their talking points
* This Blackhawks player has more shorthanded goals than any active player
* Steinberg: Emanuel’s solution creates three new problems
* Blackhawks release roster for Alumni Game during Stadium Series
* Payton goal: Raise $1.1 million to save 12 teachers CPS could cut in February
* State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez postpones fundraiser with no explanation

* River search ends for missing man but police now looking on land
* Emanuel dismisses top cop Garry McCarthy as pressure for change built
* Dash-cam video of another fatal shooting by Chicago police is sought
* West Englewood shooting wounds 1
* Man charged with U. of C. threat released to mother's custody
* Interim Chicago police superintendent is 29-year veteran of force
* Online threat made against Somonauk High School
* After McDonald killing, Emanuel tries to buy time with police task force
* Ventra app gets first big test among Metra commuters
* 'Water recovery operation' underway as search for missing McHenry man continues

* U of I index shows economic growth despite state budget deadlock
* Rauner, Democrats hold first meeting in months on state budget
* Syrian refugees become issue in Illinois Senate race
* Cities, counties demand action amid Illinois budget mess
* Kathleen Parker: The pathology of Trump-itis
* Two file to run against Rodney Davis as candidates rush to beat Monday deadline
* Judge orders Illinois to pay home health workers' insurance
* James Durkin: Compromise needed to restore Illinois' standing
* Bernard Schoenburg: Book on Blagojevich impeachment lets reader 'be right there'

* Woman not guilty by reason of insanity in plot to kill ex-boyfriend
* SportsTalk 12-01-15
* PODCAST: Jim Hires, CEO of Eastern Illinois Foodbank
* Plea to hitting daughter brings prison
* Updated: Fire quickly extinguised at florist in Fisher
* No criminal charges in golf course damage
* 13-year-old believed to have started fire that destroyed Fisher building
* Mexico experts: Passageway may lead to Aztec ruler's tomb
* Danville police seek two in armed robbery of gas station
* Rietz wants to try 17-year-old as adult

* Budget meeting brings drama, not solutions
* How Police Chief McCarthy's firing increases pressure on Alvarez
* Barrington student accused of carrying gun, drugs in school
* Barrington student charged as adult over gun at school
* Body matching description of missing McHenry man found in Fox River

* 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

* Senator Durbin: House-Senate Transportatio......
* Dems to try to remove Planned Parenthood l......
* US Senators fault federal settlement with ......

* 2 candidates file paperwork to challenge U......
* Syrian refugees become issue in Illinois S......

* Judge: State Must Make Payments For Home Health Care Worker Insurance
* Obama's State Of The Union Address Set For January 12
* Conservationists Push To Fund Illinois' Protected Lands
* McCarthy Out, Chicagoans Continue To Press For Specific Policing Reforms (VIDEO)
* No CAPS Meeting Tonight at Truman -- No 19th District CAPS Meetings In December
* Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia, Chicago Aldermen Call For Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's Resignation
* Politicians Join Call For Anita Alvarez To Resign As Laquan McDonald Case Unfolds
* Illinois' Juvenile Imprisonment Rate Drops, Racial Disparities Continue
* Giving Smart In Illinois On Giving Tuesday
* Illinois REALTORS® in vanguard of those building successful RPAC effort

* Emergency Management Officials, National Weather Service Encourage Winter Preparedness - November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois
* Keep Your Family Safe This Winter - November through February are leading months for carbon monoxide related incidents
* Governor Takes Bill Action
* Illinois Department of Labor Director Hugo Chaviano Awards Governor’s Award for Contributions in Health and Safety to the Illinois Refining Division of Marathon Petroleum Company LP
* State Regulator Elected Treasurer of Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

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