Monday, August 16, 2004

Springsteen boycott urged

Springsteen boycott urged
Pro-Bush sector rallies for president

ALBANY, N.Y. - Upset with entertainer Bruce Springsteen's effort to oust President George W. Bush from the White House, the New York Conservative party's candidate for the U.S. Senate is launching a Boycott the Boss television commercial.

"He thinks making millions with a song-and-dance routine allows him to tell you how to vote," Marilyn O'Grady says in the 30-second spot. "Here's my vote: Boycott the Boss. If you don't buy his politics, don't buy his music."

In a statement, O'Grady said Springsteen "has a right to say what he thinks, but we have an equal right to speak. Now that he's moved onto the political stage to bash my president, it is entirely fair to respond."

Springsteen was among more than 20 prominent musicians who announced Aug. 4 that they would hold a series of anti-Bush fund-raising concerts under the Vote for Change banner in 28 cities in October.

"I feel this is one of the most critical elections in my lifetime," Springsteen told The Associated Press at the time.

Springsteen's "No Surrender" has become an anthem for Democratic Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign.

A spokesman for O'Grady, Howard Lim, would not say how much the Long Island's ophthalmologist's campaign was spending on the commercial, in which she says, "I stand with President Bush and it's time to tame the liberal elite."

A spokeswoman for Springsteen did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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