The Dropkick Murphys are being urged to support Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) instead of backing his Senate challenger after the band announced it would be participating in a campaign event for Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Markey and Kennedy have been in one of the most public Democratic primaries in 2020, with Kennedy running against the longtime lawmaker.
However, Markey has suddenly found himself with a legion of support from the internet that has left Kennedy frustrated. Those online supporters have come out yet again after the Dropkick Murphys announced they’d be part of a Kennedy campaign event.
“A few of us are planning on hanging at the studio Saturday & it’s the 1st day of Early Voting in Mass so our friend @JoeKennedy who’s running for Senate will be stopping by to talk about his campaign & we’ll be streaming a few acoustic songs for you,” the band tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.
Since posting that tweet, the response hasn’t exactly been supportive. As of Thursday morning, the Dropkick Murphys tweet had 1,200 replies compared to just 373 likes.
A lot of the comments urged the band to instead support Markey, while others were aghast at a punk band supporting a politician from a legacy family.
I remember going to one of your shows during a rough time in my life & how much I enjoyed it. Seeing you pump up someone who stands for absolutely nothing & is trying to take down a fighter for the working class is a massive disappointment
— Support Jess Scarane for Senate!🌹 (@progressiveer) August 20, 2020
Wrong side of history, my dudes
— Chris is voting for Ed Markey. Fuck the Kennedys. (@cokes311) August 19, 2020
Hard pass. Vote for @EdMarkey
— DJ Rob Gordon (@filmmike) August 19, 2020
Long time fan, back to 1997. Disappointed, guys. You’re backing the wrong candidate. @EdMarkey is the candidate with plans to change everyday, working-class people’s lives.
— Boudicca in CNY🌹 (@Boudicca_CNY) August 20, 2020
— 𝐈𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐋𝐞𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 ☘️🌹 (@IA_leftists) August 19, 2020
Imagine having "Worker's Song" in your fucking discography and shilling for corporate Democrats, when its a primary against an actual goddam supporter of the labor movement like @EdMarkey. Fuck off. https://t.co/888sfdPrbv
— Hyper Sullification (@ksullivan315) August 19, 2020
Are you serious??? Even on the other side of the country, I can tell that Joe Kennedy is a fraud and that @EdMarkey is the real (green new) deal
— Maelig (@maelig) August 19, 2020
The response to the Dropkick Murphys’ tweet echoed a similar Twitter-based campaign to have Broadway stars back out of a “Broadway Sings for Joe Kennedy III” campaign event earlier this summer.
The push worked, as the event was canceled after stars decided to bow out of the fundraiser after hundreds of Markey supporters highlighted the senator’s legislative record. Other tweets were less kind.
In a late-July debate, both Kennedy and Markey were asked about the tweets to the Broadway stars. Kennedy criticized the online supporters, complaining that one of them tweeted that “bullying works.”
Apparently Markey supporters have taken the message to heart.
The Massachusetts Democratic primary is Sept. 1, with a recent poll showing the race is extremely tight.
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