Greg Abbott Campaigns With Ted Nugent, Slammed By Wendy Davis
Greg Abbott, a Texas gubernatorial hopeful, thought that having controversial conservative rocker Ted Nugent campaign on his behalf would boost his campaign, but the attention has turned into a headache for him.
Greg Abbott's Ted Nugent Problem
Abbott aligned himself with Nugent based on his fame for voicing his opinions on the second amendment gun rights. Abbott and his team, however, apparently forgot to fully vet the musician before putting him on the campaign stage. In the past, Nugent has caused significant controversy for his tweets about President Barack Obama and his apparent affinity for young girls, which Abbott is trying to sweep under the rug.
“Sen. Davis knows she is suffering with voters because of her flipping and flopping on 2nd Amendment gun laws, and she knows that Ted Nugent calls her out on her disregard for Second Amendment rights,” Abbott said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “We are going to expose Sen. Davis’s weaknesses on the Second Amendment and show that in this area and in so many other areas, she represents the liberalism of Barack Obama that is so bad for Texas.”
Given the tone of Abbott’s mention of Obama, it’s possible he saw little wrong with Nugent’s proclamation that he would be “dead or in jail” if Obama was reelected in November 2012 – or with calling Obama a “subhuman mongrel.”
“I don't know what he may have said or done in his background," Abbott, who Nugent referred to as his “friend “ and “blood brother" said to reporters. "What I do know is that Ted Nugent stands for the Constitution.”
Wendy Davis Slams Abbott's Friendship With Nugent
Democratric candidate Wendy Davis has since taken to Twitter numerous times to use Abbott’s closeness with Nugent to highlight his questionable values.
Greg Abbott's embrace of Ted Nugent is an insult to every Texan. If this is his idea of values, it's repulsive. pic.twitter.com/5H4wmulCgM
— Wendy Davis (@WendyDavisTexas) February 19, 2014
“Greg Abbott’s embrace of Ted Nugent is an insult to every Texan — every man, woman, husband, and father. If this is Greg Abbott’s idea of values, it’s repulsive,” Davis reiterated in a statement.
Abbot and Davis are currently in the Republican and Democratic primaries, respectively. If they come out winners in the primaries, they’ll be directly competing to replace Rick Perry as the governor of Texas.
– Chelsea Regan