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Joe Walshes square off in Illinois

  |   June 15, 2012 at 1:35 PM
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SCHAUMBERG, Ill., June 15 (UPI) -- Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., described Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who is supporting Democratic candidate Tammy Duckworth, as the "Hotel California liberal elite."

Walsh the guitarist announced he will play a July 1 concert in Schaumberg, Ill., to support Duckworth's bid for the 8th Congressional District seat against the other Walsh, with tickets ranging from $100 to $2,500, the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald reported Friday.

The Walsh who serves in Congress on a Tea Party platform said the concert is evidence of Duckworth's supporters being the "Hotel California liberal elite," and pointed out the Eagles guitarist is represented by agent Ari Emanuel, brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who formerly served with Duckworth in the Obama administration.

"Is anyone really surprised when Tammy gets support from the liberal entertainment industry?" the Walsh campaign said in a statement. "Tammy can have the support of the 'Hotel California' liberal elite, Congressman Walsh is more concerned with getting the support of hardworking families from the 8th District."

The guitarist previously crossed paths with the congressman two years ago when the Walsh campaign used the music to the other Walsh's song, "Walk Away," and changed the lyrics, The Washington Post reported.

"You're not allowed to take someone's song and change the lyrics," guitarist Walsh's attorney said in a letter to the campaign.

"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."

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