Joe Walsh endorses Joe Walsh's opponent
(L) Musician Joe Walsh (R) Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois
June 12th, 2012
04:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Joe Walsh endorses Joe Walsh's opponent

(CNN) – Famed Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh threw his voice behind Democratic House candidate Tammy Duckworth in an Illinois Congressional race on Tuesday.

And who is Duckworth's opponent? Joe Walsh.

But not the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh.

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Duckworth is challenging incumbent Rep. Joe Walsh, a first-term Republican who represents the state's 8th Congressional District. After being reconfigured in a redistricting process, the district now leans more Democratic than when Walsh last ran in 2010.

But the other Walsh–the one who wooed America with his 1978 solo hit "Life's Been Good"–encouraged voters to turn out for Duckworth this November in his home state of Illinois.

"I'm the real Joe Walsh and I'm proud to back a real American success story – Tammy Duckworth," Walsh said in a statement. "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."

The rocker will perform at a concert for Duckworth in July. He's also on tour this year as he promotes his new album, Analog Man.

This marks Duckworth's second run for Congress. The Iraq war veteran made an unsuccessful House bid in 2006, prior to being tapped by President Barack Obama in 2009 to become the Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

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Filed under: 2012 • Illinois • Joe Walsh
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. v_mag

    And the right wingnuts have Ted Nugent.

    No contest.

    June 12, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    I hope she wins ,time to get rid of the republican bafoon party !!!!

    June 12, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    A drugged out rocker supports a Democrat??? This is a news story??? Isn't it called normal?

    June 12, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. Bill

    It will be good to see Joe Walsh (the deadbeat dad politician) thrown out of office in November. He is a poster child for everything that is wrong with radical, GOP insurrectionists.

    June 12, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Mark in Seattle

    I knew I liked Joe Walsh. The musician, not the loser on the right. Way way out on the right.

    June 12, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. dan

    Walsh is "already gone" but he ain't feeling strong.....

    June 12, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Silly Baggers!

    Well he didn't pay his child support when he got the job and he probably won't pay after he loses it. But the baggers will stand by him anyway.

    June 12, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    After being reconfigured in a redistricting process, the district now leans more Democratic than when Walsh last ran in 2010.
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    It is called gerrymandering CNN. Might want to look it up and call it what it is. Sleazy Illinois Democrats.

    gerrymander = "U.S. Politics . the dividing of a state, county, etc., into election districts so as to give one political party a majority in many districts while concentrating the voting strength of the other party into as few districts as possible."

    June 12, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. lance corporal

    let's review; walsh makes an intelligent well worded cogent statement for the democrats and nugent makes a profanity laced threat to kill the president without any real explanation of why for the repubs hmmmmmmmm.............
    looooooooong time independent/non aligned but can ya guess which party gets my vote lately????
    hint, I'm college educated and tend to think before I act/react and don't blindly follow the dictates of any media company

    June 12, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. lance corporal

    et's review; walsh makes an intelligent well worded cogent statement for the de mocrats and nugent makes a profanity laced threat to kil l the president without any real explanation of why for the re pubs hmmmmmmmm.............
    looooooooong time independent/non aligned but can ya guess which party gets my vote lately????
    hint, I'm college educated and tend to think before I act/react and don't blindly follow the dictates of any media company

    June 12, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. lance corporal

    let's review; walsh makes an intelligent well worded cogent statement for the de mo crats and nugent makes a profanity laced threat to ki ll the president without any real explanation of why for the re pubs hmmmmmmmm.............
    looooooooong time independent/non aligned but can ya guess which party gets my vote lately????
    hint, I'm college educated and tend to think before I act/react and don't blindly follow the dictates of any media company

    June 12, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Daveinil

    He may be rich and famous, but he sure is ugly.

    June 12, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @bama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE
    A drugged out rocker supports a Democrat??? This is a news story??? Isn't it called normal?

    June 12, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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    What's normal? It certainly ain't you!!!!

    June 12, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. peacedog

    i believe steven stills also endorsed duckworth before. i love seeing old activists coming out and speaking out. something needs to change in this country. someone needs to stop the greed, the manipulation of the constitution, and the war mongering. not just republicans, either, but both parties who profit from dirty dealings.

    June 12, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  15. just askin

    (L) Musician Joe Walsh

    ok, so does the "(L)" stand for lush or lunatic?

    June 12, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. CosmicC

    Awesome guitarist. Way better than Nugent.

    June 12, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Padraig

    Who cares if Joe Walsh backs someone. It is amazing how many two legged sheep there are in this country.

    Think for yourselves, research, learn the candidates and vote for the one you want. Don't let a numpty like Walsh, Nugent, or others think for you.

    June 12, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Indy

    Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    A drugged out rocker supports a Democrat??? This is a news story??? Isn't it called normal?

    Joe Walsh can actually play the guitar,write music,write legible lyrics and sing, and your right wing drugged out rocker can't carry a tune much less play a guitar. Ted Nugent is the poster boy for Republicans and your putting down Democrats because a real artist supports a Democrat !

    June 12, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Christy P in Santa Cruz

    Ohhhhh BURN! This Gee Ohhh Pee Pee candidate is one and done!

    June 12, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Chris

    Joe's been sober for 18 years. Glad to see him looking great, thinking clearly and standing up for something/someone he believes in. Go get 'em Joe!

    June 12, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. Kevin(TX)

    Still love you Joe, won't let your politics change that!

    June 12, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Thomas

    @Obama 2012 – BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE
    A drugged out rocker supports a Democrat??? This is a news story??? Isn't it called normal?

    He's been clean a sober 18 years , unlike the guy you support , your guy who owes back child support .

    You Carl Rove guys need to look in the mirror !

    You can't save your ass and your face at the same time !

    Romney / Nugent
    2013 ?

    June 12, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Richard

    >ok, so does the "(L)" stand for lush or lunatic?

    Loser if he is supporting the Democrat in the race.

    June 12, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  24. Sailor101

    I think Godsmacks "Rocky Mountain Way" is much better than Joe Walsh's original version. Like if you agree.

    June 12, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  25. TomTom

    Because a drunken coke addict hippie musician is the voice of reason... who would listen to him? It only makes sense that democrats would – they're the dumbest people on earth.

    June 12, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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