The lead vocalist for the Dropkick Murphys is supporting City Councillor At-Large Michael Flaherty for mayor, he said Thursday.
Flaherty is a "hell of a guy, hell of a politician,â€ said Ken Casey, bass guitarist and lead vocalist for the group.
He added, in a release circulated by the Flaherty campaign: â€œAs an artist, I fully support Michael Flahertyâ€™s plan to stimulate the cityâ€™s creative economy.â€ That plan includes the creation of a â€œcabinet level position for culture,â€ artist workshops and requiring one percent of construction costs for city-funded development projects to be set aside for public art works.
(Casey lives in Hingham, according to campaign finance records. He and his wife have contributed to Flaherty in the past, with $500 each in June 2008. He also donated to incumbent Mayor Thomas Menino a month later.)
Casey called this morning into the â€œMy Song is Better than Your Songâ€ contest between Flaherty and fellow mayoral contender Sam Yoon on WFNX radio, where he voiced support for Flaherty and took some shots at Menino.
Both Yoon and Flaherty picked the same song: â€œShipping Up to Bostonâ€ byâ€¦ yeah, the Dropkick Murphys. The picks are made in advance, and Yoon, who has been on a five-week winning streak with the contest, said he chose the song because it was in one of Flahertyâ€™s YouTube videos, setting up Flaherty supporters to vote against the band.
The Phoenixâ€™s Carly Carioli writes up the results : â€œDrawing record-setting turnout, WFNX reported that phone votes were a dead heat, but Yoon pulled away by a three-to-one margin in on-line and instant-message voting -- even though Dropkick Murphys founder KEN CASEY personally called in to register his endorsement of Flaherty and cast a vote. (As the Sandbox pointed out, this also was the first time an artist has called the station to vote for his own song.)â€
Full release on Casey from the Flaherty camp below.
DROPKICK MURPHYâ€™S STAR SUPPORTS FLAHERTY FOR MAYOR
Lead Vocalist Ken Casey Cites Plan To Support
For Arts Through â€œCreative Economyâ€ Agenda
Ken Casey, the lead vocalist for Boston musical sensations the Dropkick Murphyâ€™s, threw his support behind Michael Flahertyâ€™s campaign for Mayor of Boston. The singing star made the announcement after a joint appearance with Flaherty on WFNX radioâ€™s â€œMy Song Is Better Than Your Songâ€ contest. Flaherty and Casey were promoting the Dropkick Murphy hit â€œShip It Up To Boston.â€
â€œOne of the goals of the Dropkick Murphyâ€™s is to bring people together and that is what Michael Flaherty will do as the next Mayor of Bostonâ€, said Casey. Casey further explained that â€œMichael Flaherty shares the core values of the Dropkick Murphyâ€™s: working class solidarity, friendship, loyalty and self- improvement as a means to bettering society.â€
â€œAs an artist, I fully support Michael Flahertyâ€™s plan to stimulate the cityâ€™s creative economy,â€ said Casey. Flaherty recently released a ten-point plan to bolster the cityâ€™s commitment to growing its arts sectors and supporting its local artists and small arts-related businesses. According to Flaherty, â€œBoston is losing our artists and members of our commercial gallery sector to other cities and we need to use their talents and contributions to revitalize our neighborhoods and refuel our local economy.â€
Also appearing on the same radio show along with Flaherty was fellow mayoral candidate Sam Yoon. Yoon was promoting the same song as Flaherty. â€œSam and I agree, â€˜Ship It Up To Bostonâ€™ is a great song and that Boston needs a new mayor,â€ said Flaherty.
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