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Browne: You Should Know, I'm Not Team McCain!

8/14/2008 4:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Guess elephants have some serious short-term memory issues! Everyone knows singer Jackson Browne is a serious liberal, everyone except, apparently, John McCain. Now Browne is fighting mad and has filed suit against McCain and his party, alleging they falsely suggested he was on their side.

Browne claims the GOP used his epic hit "Running on Empty" in an ad for McCain without his permission, adding that the ad mocks Barack Obama, which Browne ain't none too happy about.

The suit wants the ad to stop running -- STAT -- and is seeking damages. Browne's lawyer Lawrence Iser says this ain't the first time McCain has done this -- he did it with ABBA's "Take a Chance on Me" and well-known Democrat John Mellencamp's song "Pink Houses." Iser says "In light of Jackson Browne's lifelong commitment to Democratic ideals and political candidates, the misappropriation of Jackson Browne's endorsement is entirely reprehensible."

McCain's rep Tucker Bounds shoots back "This was not a McCain campaign ad, but rather a local state Republican party ad. It is clear that the suit was mis-filed by an overeager Barack Obama supporter and it's 'running on empty;."

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31.

disbelief    

newsflash: no candidate needs permission to play any song as long as royalties are paid. browne is probably pissed because he wasn't paid. a little sanctiminious, ain't it? just another idiot liberal clinging to money and fame.

2079 days ago
32.

FredsForAmnesty    

democrats are such cry babies...suck it up already.

2079 days ago
33.

val    

Ugly Jackson Browne looking for attention again when no one cares about him. Slime

2079 days ago
34.

YEAH!!    

YOU GO, JACKSON!!! Sue the Whole GOP for all they're worth!!
{Anyone interested - on the back of a sign here in Minneapolis, Minnesota someone spray-painted "Go hOme Phacists")

2079 days ago
35.

Mary Beth    

What! Jackson you has-been. Are you going to beat up McCain like you used to beat up Daryl Hannah?

2079 days ago
36.

MacArthur    

Can McCain be any more of a loser? No, I've answered my own question

2079 days ago
37.

Mayu    

A. they're right... it wasn't an ad that McCain approved of. It was a McCain supporter ad

B. Why would he complain? At least someone is still listening to him.

He should be more offended his buddy Obama wasn't interested in his songs!

2079 days ago
38.

Doug    

Jackson Browne is not the issue. The issue is Republican's who will do anything for power, control. It's all about keeping their money and greed. Sure Jackson has made terrible mistakes in his life. So have most people. Hate for greed is one of the worst. Yet, I hate republican ideals of control, greed, and war-once again the ultimate form of control.

2079 days ago
39.

Jen    

Hay "Dang". Did you read the article? McCain did not issue the Ad. Fricken tard. Jackson Brown is a has been wife/chick beater. How come everyone that sucks in life and want's to destroy the US back's the golden child? Wake up you dumb asses! Get educated on the slime ball. Scary.

2079 days ago
40.

ghz    

republicans are costing americans lives and money ,thats hell of a lot worse than a liberal.

2079 days ago
41.

mess-iah sara is nothing but a used TAMPON    

The right Is stupid anyway, just one more stupid thing that Johm MClame did, he should know not many In the Industry support he's Neocon Ideology, Just one nore stupid thing that the Right Wing has done, Right Is Wrong

2079 days ago
42.

el polacko    

browne get a better lawyer who knows that you have to sue the person who DID it. mccain is not responsible for what some other guy did.. sheesh. he just got his hemp panties in a bunch because NObody is allowed to criticize the messiah.

2079 days ago
43.

mess-iah sara is nothing but a used TAMPON    

your an Idiott #31 you do need permission check your facts Idiott ex dem in hick town nc

2079 days ago
44.

LisaJeane    

McCain just keeps digging his hole deeper. Whoever is thinking up this ad campain must not really want him to win!

2079 days ago
45.

mess-iah sara is nothing but a used TAMPON    

your dam straight you racist hilbilly BEOTCH Iam voting for the person who can at leat speak well. probably unlike yourself,all you hillbilly's are Ignorant,DUMB, & Stupid

2079 days ago
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