Tea Partyer U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-8) has been fingered as one of the nation's most corrupt congressmen by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
Here's CREW's reasoning behind naming Walsh on the most-corrupt politician list:
Rep. Joe Walsh is a deadbeat dad who claimed he was too broke to pay child support for years, while managing to loan his own campaign for Congress over $35,000. At the same time, he was paying more for rent than he reported in income.
Walsh's antics and child support issues were noted as "particularly egregious" in the press release announcing this year's picks for most corrupt politicians.
"The American people deserve a Congress devoid of criminals and scoundrels," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW. "These bad apples tarnish the reputations of the hundreds of other devoted public servants in both parties who are working hard to fix our nation’s ills and make our country stronger."
The freshman congressman has repeatedly attacked President Barack Obama's policies and performance during his time in office, with the latest coming yesterday after the President released his debt reduction package, which Walsh called "reckless".
"It doesn't make any sense to raise taxes on America's job creators to pay for another stimulus program that won't create any jobs," Walsh said in a statement shortly after the President's announcement. "The President is in over his head and just isn't serious about helping American businesses create jobs ... I would encourage the Warren Buffett types, who want to pay more in taxes, to write as large a check as they want to the federal treasury. Nothing is stopping them. But there is no reason to crush American small businesses and hard-working job creators under even more taxes, just because Warren Buffett feels guilty about his mansion."
This kind of useless mockery and rhetoric, like his recent decision not to attend President Obama's jobs speech and his resistance to reason during the debt ceiling debate, is what landed him on CREW's corrupt politician list -- and could lead to a one-term run in Congress. Redistricting may find Walsh changing residence and running for re-election in the 8th congressional district, against either Tammy Duckworth or Raja Krishnamoorthi, or facing off against incumbent Randy Hultgren in the 14th congressional district, which is where he now falls under the remap.