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Assembly Dem. running for Senate says he's current with child support


MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A state Assembly Democrat who hopes to get elected to the Senate this summer says he’s up-to-date with his child support payments.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Baraboo Representative Fred Clark was billed $6,500 earlier this year, for not immediately bumping up his monthly support payments when he got a raise as a lawmaker two-and-a-half years ago.

Clark told columnist Dan Bice he paid it all back, plus interest, in early May. That was about two weeks after announcing he would run against Senate Republican Luther Olsen of Ripon, who’s up for a recall this summer.

Clark also denied emphatically that he’s trying to get out of any responsibility involving his 14-year-old son – and the newspaper said he has always made his monthly support payments on time.

Clark and his ex-wife got divorced in 1999. He paid $400 a month in child support when he worked as a forester. At the start of 2009, his pay went up. But Clark said his ex-wife waited a year to ask the court to bump up his monthly payment – and neither thought it was a big priority at the time.

Clark said he agreed in March of last year to pay $650, but officials said he should have been paying that much for over a year before that.

Bice said he asked Clark if he wished he dealt with the issue earlier. Clark repeated how engaged he is in his son’s life – and he hopes it doesn’t become a campaign issue.