Mellencamp unhappy with Walker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Musician John Mellencamp wants Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to know that he supports collective bargaining and union rights and Walker should know that before using his song "Small Town" on the campaign trail.

Mellencamp's publicist Bob Merlis told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Mellencamp wanted him to reach out to Walker not to ask him to stop using the song, but to inform him of his liberal beliefs.

Merlis says that is a standing policy of Mellencamp's whenever a politician uses one of his songs. Merlis says he became aware Walker was using "Small Town" after reading a news story about a campaign stop Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Walker's campaign spokesman did not immediately return a message.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
    Scooters theme song should be "I'm a LITTLE tea POT, hear me spew"
  • by Mike Location: Thorp on Apr 12, 2012 at 05:31 PM
    900,000 signatures on the recall petitions and 5 MILLION people in the state of Wisconsin!I will have a good laugh when Walker wins relection and all of the recall effort was a waste of time and TAXPAYERS money!!!!
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      by William of Normandy on Apr 12, 2012 at 06:25 PM in reply to Mike
      Einstein--There are more like 5.6 million people in the state. Of that number, about 4.3 million are of voting age. Of that number, Walker received 1.17 million in the last election, approximately 27% of eligible voters. Said another way, 73% of eligible voters didn't vote for Walker. Your good laugh just turned to tears, didn't it.
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        by Mike on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM in reply to William of Normandy
        Apparently you need to reread your post and do some math, because what you wrote makes no sense.
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          by William of Normandy on Apr 13, 2012 at 08:33 PM in reply to Mike
          I'll try to simplify the math for you. There aren't 5 million people that live in this state, more like 5.6 million. Of the 5.6 million people that live in this state, only 4.3 million are eligible to vote. Your guy, Mr. Walker, received 1.17 million votes in the 2010 election. The 900,000 recall signatures get pretty close to the number of votes Walker received. Face it, your guy has about two months left in office. You can take the poster of him down that you have hanging in your living room down; he is done.
  • by Harry Location: cornell on Apr 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
    Seriously? John Mellenwho? I hope Bono and Springsteen can add some great insight too.
  • by John Location: EC on Apr 12, 2012 at 01:04 PM
    Yawn....
  • by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2012 at 10:11 AM
    Who cares what Mellencamp has to say. Another burned out, washed up celebrity.
  • by anonymous Location: Eau Claire on Apr 12, 2012 at 06:19 AM
    Not a fan of either party but I think it shows how out of touch the GOP is to think they can use 'Small Town' to try to describe themselves.
  • by J Couger on Apr 12, 2012 at 04:37 AM
    We are a republic of constitutional laws, We base business on contracts.patents and copyrights. They are protection against Misuse. Just like walker broke a legal and binding contract between two parties,the state and the teachers , He also seems too feel he can violate copyrights laws. John Mellencamp
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      by a on Apr 12, 2012 at 06:14 AM in reply to J Couger
      uhm, walker did not break a contract with teachers, new contracts were issued AFTER expiration- big difference bud
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        by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2012 at 01:28 PM in reply to a
        Uhm he laid out the terms without negotiation.
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      by Matt on Apr 12, 2012 at 06:17 AM in reply to J Couger
      So just like we had an election and the majority of the people voted for Walker but now some people feel that that doesn't matter and our votes don't count??? Figured throwing a fit, spending millions of dollars, and forcing a recall was the best for the state of WI and our constitutional rights? Just wanted to be clear...guess you only look at what you want to look at...Matt Couger Mellencamp
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        by Ted on Apr 12, 2012 at 07:21 AM in reply to Matt
        Your vote did count walker got elected,so your vote did count.
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          by Matt on Apr 12, 2012 at 01:32 PM in reply to Ted
          Then why are we having the recall??? Because some people feel their views are more important than others and just because they don't like what happend to them they feel they can overturn the voting process. Selfish acts if you ask me...deal w/ it and vote Walker out at the next election if you don't like how he is moving Wisconsin.
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        by anon on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:15 PM in reply to Matt
        Our "constitutional rights" also include the right to recall dirty politicians. Like it or not,it's happening.
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        by RonE on Apr 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM in reply to Matt
        The recall is a constitutional right. You know who put that in, progressive Republicans, I know there are none of those around now, but at one time they were actually more concerned about fairness than power.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 at 06:39 PM
    Ever listen to Ted Nugent on stage between songs? Talk about a big let down. Rock and roll was originated in part to be AGAINST big business and corperations.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM in reply to
      Rock and Roll IS big business !
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        by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM in reply to
        They just don't outsource to China and blame unions. Then refuse to do concerts because as "job creators" it just doesn't "feel right...yet".
  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 at 05:24 PM
    Walker should limit himself to Ted Nugent songs ... similar beliefs and intellect.
  • by Phil on Apr 11, 2012 at 04:41 PM
    Very classy move on Mellencamp's part. Made his views known, but didn't impose them on anyone.
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