Jeez, it is an election year again already? It feels like only three and a quarter years ago since we last got off this merry-go-round, and already, it's time for President Barack Obama to retool and get back to work on his re-election campaign. To this end, his administration has released a list of "Confirmed and Passed Surrogates"—194 musicians, athletes, actors, and other people of import that have been approved to help support and possibly represent the president in his bid for four more. The Boot reports that this includes a couple country acts, including The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum. But hold up, say Lady A—we never signed up for this. Says their publicist via statement:
The members of Lady Antebellum did not submit their name for inclusion on the surrogate list for Obama's campaign...Your request for confirmation comes as a surprise to me because the band has never commented on their political affiliations nor do they plan to in the future.
Snap. For the record, Obama spokeswoman Addie Whisenant says they didn't mean to imply with the list that Lady A had already agreed to help out. Explains Addie:
This was a wish list of people and groups who may be asked to participate in a campaign event...not everyone on this list has been contacted or agreed to help the campaign. We've already received robust support and participation from surrogates across the country, and that will only ramp up in 2012."
In any event, don't be surprised if the group jumps on board with Mitt Romney or Ron Paul or whoever now thanks to this mixup. Though if they announce their allegiance to the latter over Twitter, maybe double-check to make sure it's legit.