Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz is uniting his fellow rockers to support Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential bid. The candidate’s unofficial spokesman returned to his hometown of Chicago on Tuesday night to host an intimate, low-dollar ($75 entry) fundraiser for the Illinois Senator at Lakeview Broadcasting Company, a Windy City bar he co-owns. Wearing a shirt that read, “Obama: Changing More Than Just His Clothes,” Wentz proudly displayed his recruitment prowess by bringing along bandmate Joe Trohman as well as pals like Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy, Rise Against’s Tim McIrath, Kill Hannah’s Mat Devine, The Lifeline’s Ryan Hope, and The Academy Is singer William Beckett. The motley crew of rockers mingled with Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and State Representative Sara Feigenholtz.
Clearly pumped by the event and its all-ages turnout, Wentz told Hollywood Insider afterwards, “I was overwhelmed by the
energy and spirit tonight. Barack is always talking about ‘mobilizing the American people’ and this ‘Yes We Can’
attitude is contagious.” After a quick trip to Russia for a one-off gig, Wentz plans to get right back on the campaign trail. “I’m certainly going to continue to lend my
voice whenever and wherever I can.” But don’t expect girlfriend Ashlee Simpson to join him on the crusade. As Wentz told People, “We don’t get into political discussions, because politics and religion usually end up in a fight.”