Boy meets girl at concert. Boy marries girl. Boy gets political help from band.

Guitarist JoeWalsh of the "Eagles" performs at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas June 1, 2002. (REUTERS/Ethan Miller)
Guitarist Joe Walsh of the “Eagles” performs at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas June 1, 2002. (REUTERS/Ethan Miller)

Picture this. You’re a 20-something college guy chatting up a pretty girl at a rock concert. Happens all the time.

But then imagine it’s decades later and you married that girl. And the band? Its guitarist is now a fan of yours, helping you raise money for your political campaign.

That is apparently the story of Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), who is running in a neck-and-neck race for the U.S. Senate against state Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in a year when every tight race could determine the upper chamber’s balance of power.

Enter Joe Walsh, the Eagles’ guitarist and a devoted Democrat, who sent a fundraising plea on Braley’s behalf last month, promising one lucky campaign donor a meet-and-greet at this Saturday’s concert in Des Moines.

“Bruce and his wife first met at an Eagles concert back when they were both students at Iowa State — and while I didn’t know him then, I’m proud to say I know him now and that I support Bruce in his campaign to become the next U.S. Senator of Iowa,” Walsh said in an e-mail posted on the Sunlight Foundation’s Party Time database.

Bet Braley didn’t foresee that the night he met his wife in 1976.

Walsh frequently throws his celebrity support behind Democratic candidates. In 2012, he endorsed Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) who was running to unseat … Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.)

Bruce Braley


D-IA

$2,687,008
≤ $200: 0.1%

Industry Total
Lawyers/Law Firms $971,028
Health Professionals $121,150
Public Sector Unions $95,500
Leadership PACs $83,500
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $67,134
Retired $59,570
Building Trade Unions $58,250
Industrial Unions $55,650
Real Estate $34,663
Lobbyists $29,626

by Greenhouse | data OpenSecrets.org

Colby Itkowitz is a national reporter for In The Loop.

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