AUSTIN – Democrats criticized Attorney General Greg Abbott’s decision to showcase Ted Nugent at Tuesday stops in his GOP campaign for governor, citing the rocker’s incendiary comments about President Barack Obama, women politicians and immigrants.
“Ted Nugent disrespects a large number of Texans. It is embarrassing that Greg Abbott thinks it is appropriate to appear with Ted Nugent,” said Bo Delp, spokesman for Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial campaign.
Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch highlighted Nugent’s advocacy for “individual liberty and constitutional rights, especially the Second Amendment rights cherished by Texans.”
“While he may sometimes say things or use language that Greg Abbott would not endorse or agree with, we appreciate the support of everyone who supports protecting our Constitution,” Hirsch said.
Nugent suggested that the criticism from Democrats comes from “people who hate freedom.”
“When they hate me, it truly is a badge of honor,” he said, calling himself someone “who is solidly in the asset column of America.”
To some, Abbott’s get-out-the-vote events planned for Denton and Wichita Falls could offend the same voters that Democrats are trying to motivate to beat him – women and Hispanics.
Some Republicans, however, suggested Nugent, a gun-rights advocate who can draw a crowd, is more likely to be associated with Abbott’s pro-Second Amendment message.