(WASHINGTON) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is drawing criticism for campaigning for governor Tuesday alongside the controversial rocker Ted Nugent.
Nugent, who has made incendiary comments about President Obama and women, campaigned with Abbott at Get Out The Vote events in Denton and Wichita Falls, Texas.
Abbott’s opponent, Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, and Democrats are criticizing Abbott’s decision to hit the campaign trail with Nugent.
“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 said in a statement.
“Just last month, Ted Nugent called President Barack Obama a ‘subhuman mongrel’ and ‘gangster.’ He spews hate against our first African-American president and in return, Attorney General Greg Abbott welcomes him to the campaign trail. Is this how Abbott celebrates Black History Month?” Gilberto Hinojosa, chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, said.
During the 2012 campaign, Nugent was investigated by the Secret Service after making potentially threatening remarks against the president. Nugent, who endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 campaign, met with the Secret Service, who later dismissed the rocker’s comments.
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said at the National Rifle Association Conference in 2012.
Last month Nugent had fresh insults for Obama.
“I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America,” Nugent said in an interview with Guns.com.
Nugent has also made controversial remarks about women. In 2007, he called then Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., a “worthless b****.”
But Nugent seems unfazed by this week’s criticism, tweeting Tuesday morning before his events with Abbott.
Proudly campaigning for the great TX AG Greg Abbott for TX governor
— Ted Nugent (@TedNugent) February 18, 2014
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