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Joe Walsh must be buckling under the weight of all that Tea Party sanctimony he had a hand in heaping on everyone else.

The former Illinois GOP congressman, who lost his seat last fall to Democrat and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, has apparently fallen on hard times.

Since he lost his election – and a government paycheck that tea partiers like him built an entire movement on vilifying since a black man was elected to receive the top one – Walsh now claims that he cannot afford to support his kids.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Walsh didn’t pay the $2,134 he owed his former wife in January for child support, and his attorneys have filed a motion to terminate his payments.

Among other things, it states: “Joe’s employment has been terminated through no voluntary act of his own and he is without sufficient income or assets with which to continue to pay his support obligation…

“Due to a substantial change of circumstances, Joe requests that his child support obligation be terminated based on his present income and circumstances.”

Walsh’s lawyer told the Sun-Times that the word “terminate” in the motion is misleading; that Walsh only wants to modify the payment amount and isn’t trying to get out of paying.


But this all comes from an anti-government guy who was apparently thought he was guaranteed more income from the taxpayers.

This comes from a guy who once said that he wouldn’t place another dollar of debt on the backs of his kids and grandkids unless Washington structurally reformed the way it spent money.

Apparently, Walsh not only doesn’t want to place more debt on his kids. He also doesn’t want to live up to his own debt obligations to them.

This comes from a guy who once said that he opposed extending unemployment benefits; a guy who said he didn’t believe in a social safety net because it wasn’t in the Constitution.

This from the guy who once said that women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke, should “get a job,” and stop talking about affordable contraception.

Now Fluke can tell him he ought to get one.

But for all the hard-hearted ideology that Walsh wanted to cram down everyone else’s throat,  he apparently now believes he’s owed a soft-hearted remedy from a judge when it comes to taking care of his children.

Former Tea Party Congressman Now a Deadbeat Dad?  was originally published on

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