An Illinois congressman has put his ex-wife’s child support claims behind him. U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-McHenry) announced with his ex-wife that her claim has been resolved. He says he was never in arrears. “Even my former wife agrees I was never a deadbeat dad, and we have resolved our differences in private. We both intend to get back to raising our three kids in private, and I’m going to continue to focus on representing the folks of Illinois’ Eighth District, and run hard for re-election,” Walsh said Thursday at a news conference at Illinois Republican headquarters in Chicago.
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Walsh did not explain whether his ex-wife’s claim was a mistake or a misunderstanding or whether he made a payment to her. Walsh defended his record as a father, noting he paid and continues to pay to put three kids through Catholic schools. His Democratic opponent, Tammy Duckworth, points out that Walsh still has a history that includes tax liens, mortgage defaults and unpaid bills, while he’s in Washington lecturing others on financial responsibility. Walsh criticized Duckworth for making a political issue out of Walsh’s personal problems on a day that he characterized as “a good day personally for me.” The Eighth District is in the Chicago suburbs, centered around Schaumburg.