NAPERVILLE - 13th CD Democrat challenger Bill Foster is holding a meeting in Naperville today, accusing the GOP Congresswoman Judy Biggert of supporting the War on Women. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) responded with some information about Foster's nasty 1996 divorce, and asking "Who really has a War on Women going on?" and the query, "Do you still beat your wife?"
The Washington Free Beacon dug into court documents filed during Foster’s divorce and found a signed affidavit by Foster's first wife with the following information:
A March 1996 court filing contends that Foster “pushed, shoved, and caused physical abuse and emotional harm” to his then-wife, who had asked Foster repeatedly to leave the family home because his presence was “upsetting” to their two young children.
Foster’s wife’s attorney requested a temporary restraining order against Foster from “calling, harassing, or touching” his client, the records show.
The settlement includes a “miscellaneous provision” under which Mr. Foster sought to prevent his former wife from moving outside a certain school district by imposing a $50,000 penalty for doing so.
A circuit court judge questioned the unusual provision in a later court filing, saying he doubted its “enforceability.”
“It almost sounds, on the initial surface, as if you are holding someone hostage to stay within any school district, which is not the law of the State of Illinois,” Judge Keith Brown told Foster’s attorney on Nov. 22, 1996.
So, NRCC Spokeswoman Katie Prill says: “Bill Foster’s history with women is very troubling. While he touts equal pay for women, he tries to hide his abusive past, which includes intimidation, physical abuse and emotional torment. These are not characteristics Illinois women are looking for in their voice in Congress.”