Tea Party Republican congressman Rep. Joe Walsh (IL), who reportedly owes over $100,000 in child support, has filed a motion to have the court sanction his ex-wife Laura Walsh. Additionally, Rep. Walsh wants the court to force his former wife to pay his legal bills.
In July, it was reported that Laura Walsh was suing the congressman for $117,437 in unpaid child support. Her lawsuit pointed to a $35,000 loan that Rep. Walsh personally gave to his campaign, while not supporting his 9-year-old child.
Lawyers for Rep. Walsh asked his ex-wife to provide extensive documentation, such as records of her employment, salary, bank statements, tax returns and expense reports. After she failed to provide the documents, Rep. Walsh sought to have her sanctioned by the court.
Jack Coladarci, Laura Walsh's attorney, told The Sun Times that the move was "harassment."
Coladarci added that Laura Walsh was under no obligation to produce the records and that the issue should be Walsh not paying child support.
Ironically, Joe Walsh lectured President Obama recently about financial responsibility and getting the nation's debt in order, saying in a video: “President Obama, quit lying. Have you no shame, sir? In three short years, you’ve bankrupted this country... 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!"
Members of Congress earn $174,000-a-year, placing them in the top five percent of salaried U.S. workers.