CHICAGO – Republican Congressman Joe Walsh has responded to political ads that he's a "deadbeat dad" by featuring his son at a news conference.
Walsh, of McHenry, faces Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth in a redrawn, Democrat-friendly 8th District that no longer includes any part of McHenry County. It's a closely-watched race as Democrats believe it's a potential pickup in their fight for control of the U.S. House.
Duckworth's campaign ads refer to Walsh's past child support battle. One mailer says "Deadbeat Joe, it's time to go."
After he won office in 2010, Walsh's ex-wife sued for roughly $117,000 in unpaid child support. Walsh says the matter was cleared up privately.
Walsh asked Duckworth to withdraw the ads, calling them "graceless" and a privacy intrusion.
His 25-year-old-son Joe Jr., read a statement Tuesday that praised his father and said the ads went too far.