In case you hadn’t heard (though I’m sure you had), the Republican Party of Wisconsin held their convention Green Bay, Wisconsin this weekend. During the RPW Convention, former State Rep. and Speaker of the State Assembly Jeff Fitzgerald took the stage to speak, and as Fitzgerald took to the stage he did so using the song “Shipping Up To Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys.
Lost on Fitzgerald (who strikes me as more of a Perry Cuomo or Barry Manilow fan) and apparently his staff was the fact that the Dropkick Murphys are staunch supporters of labor unions and were strong supporters of the folks who protested the assault on public employee unions by Gov. Walker and Republicans like Jeff Fitzgerald.
In a statement issued on their Facebook page, the band made it abundantly clear they find a certain amount of irony in an anti-union Republican like Jeff Fitzgerald using one of their songs as “entrance music.”
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!
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!