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April 19, 2014

Baez Tuned In to Tim Kaine

During her show Wednesday night at Wolf Trap, folk singer Joan Baez purportedly took the time to pay musical tribute to a local boy who works right here on the Hill: freshman Sen. Tim Kaine.

“Hey @JoanBaez — thanks for dedicating “Deportee” to me last night at Wolf Trap!” Kaine gloated on Twitter.

Staff told HOH the Virginia Democrat did not attend the actual concert and does not know Baez personally but that he had heard from friends who were at the show that he’d been name-checked.


Baez’s publicist did not respond to inquiries about what sparked the mention. But the song selection, an ode to the plight of Mexican immigrants, would suggest Baez may be tracking the swirling fight in the Senate, where Kaine delivered a speech on the immigration overhaul in Spanish on the floor Tuesday. It was the first time an entire speech had been delivered in Spanish in the chamber’s history.

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