Rocker Joe Walsh endorses Tammy Duckworth over U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh
By ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org June 12, 2012 1:56PM
Rocker Joe Walsh
Updated: July 14, 2012 6:29AM
No, you’re not living a life of illusion — Joe Walsh really is endorsing Tammy Duckworth in her northwest suburban congressional race against . . . Joe Walsh.
That is, Joe Walsh, the rock star and guitarist for The Eagles, is backing Duckworth in her race against U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), the Tea Party favorite.
“I’m the real Joe Walsh, and I’m proud to back a real American success story — Tammy Duckworth,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said Tuesday, endorsing the Democratic candidate in her bid to unseat the incumbent Republican who shares his name.
Joe Walsh, the congressman, whose full name is William Joseph Walsh, has suffered some ribbing on liberal websites about his driver’s license having been suspended suspended in the past, with references made to the Joe Walsh lyric, “I lost my license — now I don’t drive.”
“Tammy’s story, her service to our nation and her continued commitment to working families (like the one I come from), have convinced me that she’s the right choice for Congress,” said Walsh, the musician.
Noting that the rocker Joe Walsh doesn’t live in the district — though he grew up in Evanston — the congressman’s spokesman, Christian Morgan, said in response to the endorsement: “Is anyone really surprised when Tammy gets support from the liberal entertainment industry? This is, after all, the same candidate that raised more money last quarter from San Francisco than she did from the entire 8th district. Tammy can have the support of the ‘Hotel California’ liberal elite, Congressman Walsh is more concerned with getting the support of hard working families from the 8th district.”
Walsh the musician’s agent is Ari Emanuel’s William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC. Emanuel’s brother, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is one of Duckworth’s highest-profile supporters.
When he first ran for this seat in 2010, Walsh the candidate borrowed from Walsh the musician’s “Walk Away,” to make a campaign theme song. That prompted an angry letter from Walsh the musician’s attorney Peter Paterno to the Walsh campaign:
“You’re not allowed to take someone’s song and change the lyrics,” Paterno wrote. “This is not to say you’re not allowed to write silly lyrics, you just have to write them to your own music. Now, I know you why you used Joe’s music -- it’s undoubtedly because it’s a lot better than any music you or your staff could have written. But that’s the point. Since Joe writes better songs than you do, the Copyright Act rewards him by letting him decide who gets to use the songs he writes.”
Musician Walsh, a six-time Grammy Award-winner, will perform a concert in support of Duckworth on July 1 at the chaumburg nightclub John Barleycorn.