On Saturday (Jan. 24), Wisconsin governor Scott Walker (not that Scott Walker) headed to Des Moines, Iowa for the state’s ‘Freedom Summit’ where he gave an impassioned speech focused on gaining and celebrating “independence from the government.” His support of small government is nothing new; Walker has long been a critic of unions in the public sector (it was a bit of a surprise when he was re-elected for a second term in 2014).

With his very public disdain for unions, it was a shock to some when he walked out onto the stage at the ‘Freedom Summit’ to the tune of the Dropkick Murphys' 'I’m Shipping Up to Boston' (a song featuring lyrics written by Woody Guthrie), since the Murphys -- and Guthrie! -- don’t exactly fall on the same side of the aisle as Walker.

Case in point:

Listen to 'I'm Shipping Up to Boston' below:

This isn’t the first time a Republican politician has used the song. In fact, this isn’t the first time a Wisconsin Republican politician has used the song. In 2012, Jeff Fitzgerald, Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, used it during a Republican convention in Green Bay. The Dropkick Murphys' response?

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!


What do you think? Is it OK for a public official to use a band's song, even if they might not see eye-to-eye politically? Let us know in the comments below!

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