Republicans on Tuesday accused Democratic gubernatorial candidate
Mary Burke of showing a "cavalier attitude" toward
domestic violence in using a song by pop star Chris Brown before
an appearance with first lady Michelle Obama. But Burke's campaign
said the song was an unauthorized addition to its playlist and
won't be used again.
Burke and Obama
campaigned together Monday at Milwaukee's Wisconsin Center, where
Brown's hit song "Forever" played over the audio system
before the two spoke.
convicted of felony assault for attacking his then-girlfriend, pop
star Rihanna, hours before the 2009 Grammy awards. His probation
in that case was revoked earlier this year after another arrest
for hitting a man outside a Washington hotel, and in May, a judge
in California ordered him to serve an additional 131 days in jail.
communications director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin,
said in a statement that the song choice showed a "cavalier
attitude toward domestic violence" on the part of Democrats,
particularly "on the heels of Debbie Wasserman Schultz'
offensive comments earlier this month."
Florida congresswoman and chairwoman of the Democratic National
Committee, has apologized for saying during an event in Milwaukee
that Republican Gov. Scott Walker has "given women the back
of his hand."
Burke is locked
in a tight race with Walker, who released an ad Tuesday touting
his efforts to help fight domestic violence.
Joe Zepecki said that Burke's campaign provided a CD for use
during Monday's event, but that the company handling sound added
unapproved tracks from its library, including "Forever."
campaign did not choose to play a song by that artist, and will
not be playing any songs by that artist at future events,"
Zepecki said in an email.
The GOP also
pointed to five other songs played during the event that it said
were inappropriate, including "Animal" by Conor Maynard,
which the GOP characterized as "sexually violent."
director of productions for Universal Audio Video Productions,
confirmed those five songs were on a loop of "upbeat"
music the sound technician used to fill the roughly two hours
before the event started and an unscheduled 10-minute break before
Burke spoke. The company screens songs for explicit language,
Walker has had
his own problems with song choice. Liberal rocker John Mellencamp
has publicly chided Walker for using his songs "Pink
Houses" and "Small Town" before campaign events in
April and during the 2012 recall spurred by anger over Walker's
signature legislation eliminating collective bargaining for most
public employees. Mellencamp says he supports union rights.
representatives did not immediately respond to an email requesting