At the Republican Party of Wisconsin convention this weekend, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, who's running for U.S. Senate, used the Dropkick Murphys song,"I'm Shipping Up to Boston" - much to the dismay of the band.

After the Irish-American punk band from Massachusetts heard about Fitzgerald's song choice, the rockers promptly posted a scathing statement on the band's Facebook page on Sunday.

"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 Gov. 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!"

Fitzgerald on Monday said he meant no harm, and has simply always liked the band and that song, which was featured in the Martin Scorcese film, "The Departed." He said he doesn't plan to play the song anymore, but doesn't know what song he will chose next.

"Us Republicans only have like three songs we can use," Fitzgerald joked. "The Onion just had an article about it."

He did get some good news over the weekend, though. Fitzgerald emerged with the most support from the Republican Party faithful after the third and final round of voting at the convention, even though he has trailed candidates like Tommy Thompson and Eric Hovde in fundraising. They were eliminated in the second and first rounds, respectively.

Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann came in second behind Fitzgerald in the final vote.

Fitzgerald couldn't reach the 60 percent threshold that was required to get the party's official endorsement, money, and access to the party's grass-roots network and other support that comes with it.

"I think we shocked a few people," he said said.

State Government Reporter for Wisconsin State Journal

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