Wisconsin Republican Jeff Fitzgerald thought he could get away with using the Dropkick Murphys song “Shipping Up to Boston” as his walk-on song during this year’s election cycle.
Unfortunately for the candidate, the Dropkick Murphys thought differently, writing a scathing comment on their Facebook page rebuking the unauthorized use of their music.
The band stated, “We just got word that Wisconsin State Rep and Speaker of the State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald used “Shipping Up To Boston” as his walk-on song yesterday at the Wisconsin GOP Convention in Green Bay. The stupidity and irony of this is laughable. A Wisconsin Republican U.S. Senate candidate – and crony of anti-Union Governor Scott Walker – using a Dropkick Murphys song as an intro is like a white supremacist coming out to gangsta rap!”
The band continued, “Fitzgerald: if you and your staff can’t even figure out your music you might wanna give up on the politics!!!!! We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S!”
Ironically, The Dropkick Murphys have been extremely vocal in its support for the Wisconsin labor movement. The band released a song in February, “Take ‘Em Down”, in support of the protests by union workers against the Republican budget plan.
Fitzgerald’s campaign did not respond for comment. The song may have been chosen by the Wisconsin GOP and not Fitzgerald.