(AP) Eagles’ Joe Walsh backs opponent of Rep. Joe Walsh
By SOPHIA TAREEN
An Iraq war veteran from Illinois hoping to limit tea party-backed Republican Rep. Joe Walsh to a single term in Congress was endorsed Tuesday by none other than … Joe Walsh.
Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, that is.
The six-time Grammy-winning rocker said he’s “the real Joe Walsh” and that he’s proud to back Democrat Tammy Duckworth in her bid for the suburban Chicago congressional seat. The musician, who lived in Evanston for a few years as a child, will hold a fundraising concert for her in July, with tickets priced at $100 to $2,500.
The endorsement in one of the most closely-watched U.S. House races nationwide is a first for the Democratic musician. He held a concert for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, but said he hasn’t endorsed anyone else.
Duckworth, who was an Army helicopter pilot, lost her legs in a 2004 rocket-propelled grenade attack in Iraq. She later served in the Obama administration.
Walsh the musician said his endorsement has nothing to do with sharing the congressman’s name. He said Duckworth’s service record and sacrifices to the country show she’s the best candidate for the job.
The first-term congressman, whose acerbic criticism of President Barack Obama has made him a frequent guest on cable news talk shows, dismissed the endorsement as a stunt.
It’s not the first time the Joe Walshes have crossed paths.
When the congressman ran for office in 2010 and used a version of an Eagles’ song on his website, the guitarist threatened to sue for copyright infringement and the video was taken down.
The musician didn’t have too much to say about that incident or their shared moniker.
Walsh joined The Eagles in the mid-1970s. His first solo album in two decades, “Analog Man,” was released this year.
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