Walsh’s children urge Duckworth to pull ‘deadbeat dad’ TV ad - FOX 32 News Chicago

Walsh’s children urge Duckworth to pull ‘deadbeat dad’ TV ad

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A spokesman for Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth said Tuesday that the Hoffman Estates Democrat stands by a TV commercial saying Rep. Joe Walsh was once a "deadbeat dad."

Walsh (R-IL) and his 25-year-old son denounced the ad Tuesday as "hurtful" and "a shock." Joey Walsh read an open letter to Democrat Duckworth, urging "Please pull these TV ads. It's just not right to be doing what you are doing." It was signed by 18-year-old Patrick Walsh, a high school senior; 21-year old Megan Walsh, a dancer and dance instructor; and the younger Joe Walsh, who said he is a legal consultant based in Washington, D.C.

At a campaign appearance in Elk Grove Village, Duckworth was emphatic as she told reporters she would not pull the ad off the air. In a written statement, the disabled Iraq War veteran added:

"Congressman Walsh has attacked just about everyone in this district, whether it was Latinos, African Americans, Veterans, or women who want access to contraception. Congressman Walsh has attacked me personally throughout this campaign on everything from my military service to the clothes I wear. I refuse to be lectured on personal responsibility by a politician who has failed to meet his own responsibilities. For Congressman Walsh to now cry foul is very typical of a bully. They bully other people and when you point out their own problems, then they cry foul. Congressman Walsh, as reported by the Chicago Sun Times and many other media outlets, was sued last year for child support by his ex-wife. He is now trying to make himself the victim and claiming that this well-known fact is somehow not true."

At a news conference with his father and step-mother, Joey Walsh said the congressman had not been a deadbeat dad. Ex-wife Laura Walsh filed a petition in Cook County Circuit Court seeking $117,000 in back child support. She claimed her ex-husband failed to pay even as he gave $35,000 to a campaign fund and vacationed in Europe. Rep. Walsh declined to discuss those allegations today, nor the details of the legal settlement he reached with his ex-wife.

"Our dad coached us in football, baseball and basketball," the three Walsh children said in their open letter to Duckworth. He "took us on trips to visit college, and along with our mom, helped make us the young adults we have become…Our parents took care of their issues months ago and now you have decided to bring this issue up again purely for political gain, despite the pain it causes us kids."

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