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Political video no longer on Joe Walsh Web site
By Russell Lissau | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 1/30/2010 1:53 PM | Updated: 1/30/2010 1:56 PM

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A campaign video inspired by one of classic rocker Joe Walsh's popular tunes no longer appears on suburban congressional candidate Joe Walsh's Web site.

The video for the song "Lead the Way" was removed from the politician's Web site because on Friday it had been removed from YouTube, the candidate acknowledged Saturday. A copyright-infringement complaint has been filed by the rocker's attorney.

The song bears more than a passing resemblance to the 1971 classic "Walk Away," which the rocker performed with the band the James Gang.

Regardless, the candidate said he intends to put the video back on his Web site "sometime in the next few days."

"We're not backing down on this," Walsh, of Winnetka, said.

He called the dispute over the song "a distraction." He claims he has the legal right to use the song as a parody.

Walsh is one of six Republican candidates seeking the 8th House District seat. Facing off in Tuesday's primary are: Walsh; Dirk Beveridge of Barrington; John Dawson of Barrington; Chris Geissler of Barrington; Greg Jacobs of Mundelein; and Maria Rodriguez of Long Grove.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean of Barrington is seeking re-election. Green Party candidate Bill Scheurer of Lindenhurst will be on the ballot, too.

The 8th District includes parts of Cook, Lake and McHenry counties.