Lawrence O'Donnell: Joe Walsh Is 'Deadbeat Dad Congressman' Over Back Child Support (VIDEO)

09/16/2011 12:59 pm ET | Updated Nov 16, 2011

Lawrence O'Donnell tore into Congressman Joe Walsh for continuing to not pay child support on Thursday's "Last Word," reiterating his ban on the congressman and asking other programs to do the same.

O'Donnell first banned Walsh from his show in July, after revelations that the Illinois Republican and Tea Party favorite owes more than $100,000 in back child support to his ex-wife Laura Walsh for their three children. On Wednesday, Walsh failed to show up for a court hearing to provide proof of payment.

On Thursday, a seething O'Donnell denounced Walsh as a "deadbeat dad Congressman" and a "disgrace" to the House of Representatives and the Republican Party. He revealed that the congressman had missed a child support hearing for a vote that Republicans won by a landslide, and where Walsh had simply voted "present" anyway. He said that paying child support was a serious matter that "is in fact more important than being a congressman."

The MSNBC found it equally revolting that one of Walsh's excuses for missing his hearing was that he had to make media appearances. He reiterated his one rule for guests: "I don't allow anyone to come on this show unless and until they pay their child support obligations in full," and asked other programs to do the same.


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