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Hiltons Support McCain, Reportedly Fuming Over "Celeb" Ad Featuring Paris

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The new McCain ad featuring Paris Hilton and Britney Spears has roiled the 2008 campaign. In an unexpected twist, it turns out that Paris' father is on the record as an enthusiastic supporter of Sen. McCain:

Contributors to McCain's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination included Rick Hilton. In fact, Hilton was so enthusiastic about his candidate of choice that, The Times' Tina Daunt reports, federal records show he donated twice as much as the law allows (the campaign returned the excess).

Now, of course, daughter Paris Hilton is the costar (along with Britney Spears) in a controversial new McCain ad aimed at ridiculing Barack Obama.

It also seems that the eldest Hilton, William Barron Hilton (who has also contributed money to McCain), is furious with ad, according to conservative blogger and McCain supporter Martin Eisenstadt:

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it seems that the new McCain ad criticizing Obama for being a celebrity has ruffled some unintended feathers. I, for one, quite liked the ad, but I hear whispers from the inner campaign staff that the phone was burning off the hook today with calls from Paris Hilton'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...

...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.

Who would have thought presidential politics would be what dragged Paris back into the spotlight.