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Dropkick Murphys to potential GOP presidential contender: Stop using our music

Dropkick Murphys are known for being staunchly pro-union.Kerry Brett

Boston’s favorite sonsDropkick Murphys have sent a message to Wisconsin’s Republican governor:

“Please stop using our music in any way…we literally hate you!!!”

That was the tweet the band sent to Scott Walker, the politician who is perhaps best known for clashing with unions in his state. Walker used the band’s “I’m Shipping Up To Boston” as entrance music for the Iowa Freedom Summit this past Saturday.

The band is known for being proudly pro-union. Back in 2012, the band sent a message to another Wisconsin Republican, Jeff Fitzgerald, who came out to the same song during the state’s GOP convention in Green Bay.

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“The stupidity and irony of this is laughable,” the band wrote on its Facebook page at the time. “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 added, “We stand beside our Union and Labor brothers and sisters and their families in Wisconsin and all over the U.S.”

Walker, a possible GOP presidential candidate, is perhaps best known for pushing legislation that severely curtails the collective bargaining power of public unions in his state.

Walker's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 
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