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We’ve mentioned previously that the Hilton camp can’t be particularly thrilled that they donated money to the McCain campaign, only to see Barack Obama unfavorably compared to Paris in his most recent campaign ad.
Now comes confirmation from a flurry of political blogs.
I hear whispers from the inner campaign staff that the phone was burning off the hook today with calls from Paris Hiltonâ€™s grandfather, William Barron Hilton (co-chair of the Hilton Hotel empire), furious that the McCain ad drew an unflattering comparison between Obama and his own granddaughter.
It seems that the elder Hilton has donated $18,400 to the McCain campaign, and $35,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in the last couple of years. (Parisâ€™s father, Rick Hilton, has given an additional $6,900 to the McCain campaign. Suffice it to say, heâ€™s none too pleased either.)
Apparently, the elder Hiltons had breathed a sigh of relief that Paris was starting to get her act together since hitting rock bottom with her stay in jail last year, when all of a sudden the McCain ad compares her unfavorably to Britney Spears and Barack Obama.
I suspect that heads will roll at the McCain headquarters – if not within the staff, then I wouldnâ€™t be surprised if Steve Schmidt starts looking for a new consulting firm for the next round of ads. This is a reminder to my brethren at the Campaign: donâ€™t bite the hand that feeds us.
Paris Hilton isnâ€™t just a tabloid tart to be tossed around willy-nilly. Sheâ€™s the living brand name of one of Americaâ€™s most successful global corporations. Itâ€™s no wonder her grandfatherâ€™s upset: every time Paris is in the news, fewer people stay at their hotels. Try explaining that to The Blackstone Group – the hedge fund firm that bought into Hilton Hotels last year. Blackstone chairman Peter G. Peterson gave $30,800 to the McCain campaign this year. Guess who also called the campaign today?
Do you hear that, America? Paris Hilton may stand for being tossed around willy-nilly, as long as she’s drunk, naked and being filmed by a millionaire playboy, but under any other circumstances it is totally inappropriate.
Britney Spears, however?
You can do whatever you want to her. I mean, what are you gonna do, force Jamie Spears’ catering business into the ground? Oh, right, he already had to quit that to become a full-time parent to his 26-year-old daughter.