Tea Party Rep. Fights Debt Ceiling Raise, Ignores Own Debt Crisis

COMMENTARY | How is it that Tea Party Rep. Joe Walsh, R- Ill., is one of the most stalwart campaigners against raising the debt ceiling, yet he cannot even fix his own personal debt crisis? According to The Inquisitr, Walsh owes $117,000 in child support to his ex-wife for the care of their kids.

Walsh was interviewed July 19 on the Chris Matthews show. He told Matthews that 80 percent of Americans believe in a balanced budget amendment because, according to Walsh, “Most states have to live according to one. All households do. This is something Americans understand.”

Yet Walsh is now calling the media announcement of his enormous amount of unpaid child support a “calculated smear campaign.”

My question is, if Walsh can easily make the connection to the debt of the United States to the debt of a U.S. household when defending his argument against raising the debt ceiling, why does his personal debt suddenly not count?

On July 13, Walsh said in a video to President Obama, “You know darn well that if August 2nd comes and goes there is plenty of money to pay off our debt and cover all Social Security obligations,” according to The Associated Press. Walsh said Obama has media protection for “everything you say and do, but have you no shame, sir?”

These words out of the mouth of someone who owes $117,000 in child support.

Court documents from December 2010 stated that before his successful election to congress, Walsh could not make child support payments because he was out of work. At this same time, Walsh loaned his campaign $35,000.

He continued to deny paying a share of his kids’ education costs or medical expenses or provide any financial help at all while he went on extravagant vacations with a new girlfriend. I wonder how much Walsh spent on his trips to Italy, Nicaragua and Mexico? Travel isn’t cheap, especially lately, and I somehow doubt the congressman went the low-budget route.

Last year, after Walsh won the Republican primary in Illinois’ 8th congressional district, Fox Chicago News asked the candidate if he was trying to hide something when it was discovered he hadn’t filed his personal financial disclosure form.

Walsh responded to the accusation with, “Oh God no. Oh God no. Not at all.” He admitted to falling on some “tough times” when the news of the foreclosure of a condo surfaced, yet the Tea Party darling was renting a $3,300 per month house in an opulent neighborhood in Winnetka, Illinois.

Congressman Walsh, have you no shame?