Ted Nugent Falls off His Rocker

The Republican nominee in the Texas gubernatorial race should know better than to embrace someone spouting racist and sexist views.

— by 

Jim Hightower

Ted Nugent, the old rocker from the Seventies, is now just plain old. And off his rocker.

A political novelty act for the far right and a front man for the National Rifle Association, Nugent regularly spews venomous, vulgar, race-laced, abusive hate speech about liberals, Democrats, gun laws, and creeping communism.

In January, for example, he tongue-lashed President Barack Obama. Nugent called our commander in chief a “communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel.”

ted nugent backs governor candidate abbott

Naturally, Greg Abbott — the Republican candidate for governor of Texas — promptly invited this scurrilous lout to come for a visit.

Abbott is currently the state attorney general. As a dyed-in-the-wool tea party extremist, he apparently thought it would juice up his far-out GOP flock to have the rabidly nutty Nugent come campaign with him.

Ted came. He embraced the gubernatorial wannabe as his “blood brother.” But the brotherhood gambit backfired.

Even Republican leaders wondered aloud why Abbott would, as one put it, “keep company with a noted misogynist and bigot.” In addition to Nugent’s disgusting “subhuman mongrel” slur, the old rocker has also admitted to being “addicted” to underage girls. But if that’s not out there enough, it’s well known to Vietnam Veterans across this country that Mr. Nugent managed to dodge the draft by physically and publicly crapping in his pants.

The issue, however, isn’t Nugent’s sordid character, but Abbott’s.

Hugging an infamous predator and hate-monger for political gain is both morally repugnant and politically stupid. Yet, Abbott continues to cling to Nugent’s embrace, tersely (and cluelessly) saying: “It’s time to move beyond this.”

A campaign aide even tried to paint Nugent’s endorsement as a positive: “We appreciate the support of everyone who supports protecting our constitution.”

Everyone, including sexual predators and overt racists? How about mass murderers?

Shouldn’t a candidate for governor — even in Texas — draw a sharper moral line?


OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown. OtherWords.org.  Photo Credit (Ted Nugent):  chascar/Flickr

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Kate Marshall’s New Years Resolutions

imageWhile you’re contemplating your relative opportunity for success in achieving your New Year’s resolutions, Kate Marshall’s campaign team  thought you might like to see the resolutions she committed herself to achieving:

  1. Greater voter access for all Nevadans including those with disabilities, serving in the military, or overseas;
  2. Increase transparency in campaign finance so that voters can “follow the money;” and
  3. Work with city, county, state agencies to facilitate ease of registration and licensing for businesses.

Kate will be on the ballot as a democratic candidate for Secretary of State for the State of Nevada.  To learn more about her campaign and what she intends to bring to the office of Secretary of state, take some time to peruse Kate’s campaign website.  And, if you’re so inclined, she has an ActBlue account through which you can donate to Kate’s campaign.

Of all of our state offices, the Secretary of State campaign is most likely the critical campaign of 2014 and folks on the right know that.  The Secretary of State position is the gateway extremists on the right are using to suppress our right to vote through reductions in early voting opportunities and stricter voter registration restrictions that prevent people who are legally eligible to vote from being able to exercise that right to cast a ballot in any given race.

Ensure your registration is up-to-date and take the time to learn more about each candidate who will be on the ballot for election.

Erin Bilbray-Kohn Launched Her Congressional Bid Against Joe Heck Today

Erin Bilbray-Kohn, committeewoman on the Democratic National Committee from Nevada, announced her candidacy for Nevada’s Third Congressional District today.  That district is now represented by Republican Joe Heck. Come next November, Nevadans will have a clear choice between Erin Bilbray-Kohn who believes that “It’s time for a fair budget that protects Medicare and Social Security, creates jobs and reduces the deficit and an economy that should reward people who work hard and play by the rules” … and Joe Heck whose voting record clearly displays his disdain for Nevada’s citizens and his loyalty to whomever is pulling the strings behind the scenes of the Republican party.

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