Why (rocker) Joe Walsh endorsed Tammy Duckworth against (Congressman) Joe Walsh

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June 15, 2012

By Ed O’Keefe, The Washington Post

CHICAGO — 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 — the lawmaker — first ran for Congress, he borrowed a song by the other Walsh called “Walk Away” and changed the lyrics. The move prompted the musician’s attorney to send a tongue-in-cheek letter to Walsh’s campaign:

“You’re not allowed to take someone’s song and change the lyrics,” the attorney 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 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.”

To read more, visit:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/2chambers/post/why-rocker-joe-walsh-endorsed-tammy-duckworth-against-congressman-joe-walsh/2012/06/13/gJQApyxSaV_blog.html

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