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Walsh settles with former campaign manager

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh reached a settlement Aug. 15 over a $20,000 lawsuit filed by a former campaign manager who said he was owed money by the congressman.

Keith Liscio of Morton Grove said that he filed the lawsuit in 2010 after he failed to receive full compensation for work he did during Walsh’s 2010 congressional campaign. The exact amount of the settlement was not disclosed.

Liscio, who is president of Patrickson-Hirsch Associates, said that when no settlement was reached, he filed suit shortly before the primary election.

Liscio said that despite maintaining a friendship since Walsh’s first congressional campaign in 1996, he and Walsh haven’t spoken since December 2009.

Dan Kinsella, counsel for Walsh’s campaign committee, said he was not able to discuss the settlement. Walsh’s spokesman could not be reached for comment.

Though he confirmed that a deal had been reached, Liscio said he could not discuss the terms of the settlement and still had to sign off on all the paperwork. As far as he knows, however, everything is proceeding in that direction.

“I’m very happy to have it all over,” Liscio said.

Walsh also is facing a lawsuit from his ex-wife, who alleges that the freshman congressman owes her more than $100,000 in back child support.

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