By Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post
CHICAGO â€” 2chambers is in the Windy City this week for a mix of business and pleasure and has heard the big news here: Joe Walsh is endorsing Tammy Duckworth.
No, not the Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) that Duckworth is running against, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Eagles guitarist. And some might consider his support for the Democrat a bit of payback.
Two years ago when Walsh â€” the lawmaker â€” first ran for Congress, he borrowed a song by the other Walsh called â€œWalk Awayâ€ and changed the lyrics. The move prompted the musicianâ€™s attorney to send a tongue-in-cheek letter to Walsh’s campaign:
â€œYouâ€™re not allowed to take someoneâ€™s song and change the lyrics,â€ the attorney wrote. â€œThis is not to say youâ€™re not allowed to write silly lyrics, you just have to write them to your own music. Now, I know why you used Joeâ€™s music â€” itâ€™s undoubtedly because itâ€™s a lot better than any music you or your staff could have written. But thatâ€™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.â€
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