"Boycott the Boss"

By Mark Follman
Published August 16, 2004 11:46PM (EDT)

Long Island ophthalmologist and Conservative Party candidate Marilyn O'Grady may currently be a long shot in New York's U.S Senate race, but her latest television ad isn't targeting her Democratic opponent Charles Schumer. The Associated Press reports that O'Grady is upset about Bruce Springsteen's "Vote For Change" tour and has purchased TV time to sound a few sour notes about the veteran rocker's anti-Bush fundraising efforts.

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

O'Grady spokesman Howard Lim won't say how much the campaign is spending on the commercial, according to the AP. And maybe it's still of a piece with O'Grady's overall campaign strategy, notwithstanding that the Boss has championed America's underdog working class for decades.

"I stand with President Bush," O'Grady further intones, "and it's time to tame the liberal elite.''

Mark Follman

Mark Follman is Salon's deputy news editor. Read his other articles here.

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