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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NV Women Respond to Heller Campaign’s “A Woman’s Place is in the House” Button

For Immediate Release

July 6, 2012

ICYMI: Shocking Video HERE

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada women Christine Faber, Teralee Burbank and Edith Byrd released the following statements today responding to Dean Heller’s campaign wearing “a woman’s place is in the house” buttons:

Christine Faber, a small business owner from Las Vegas:

“As a small business owner, I know the challenges that many women face in order to provide for their families.  I worked hard for years to ensure that my family had a roof over their heads and food on the table.  We need a Senator that will fight for greater economic opportunities for the women of Nevada, not someone who discourages women who provide for their families.  Shelley Berkley has proven time and again that she is Nevada’s true champion for women in the workplace, and I know she will continue to be a fighter for us when she is in the United States Senate.”

Teralee Burbank, mother and full time student from Henderson:

“I grew up in a single-parent family where my mother worked as a teacher to put food on the table, pay the mortgage and provide me with every available opportunity.  Growing up, I knew that someday I wanted to do the same for my family. This is why I am working to finish school, and make sure my children have the same opportunities provided to me when I was growing up.  When it comes to who represents my values, and those of so many women across Nevada in Congress, that person is not Dean Heller, whose campaign recently said a women’s place is in the home.  Nevada women deserve better- they deserve someone that will fight for them and their families.”

Edith Byrd, mother, grandmother and US Army Veteran of 25 years from Las Vegas:

“As a mother, grandmother, and Army veteran, I was shocked when I heard the news that Senator Dean Heller’s campaign was caught handing out buttons telling women their place was in the home.  I have nothing but respect for stay-at-home mothers, but the reality is in so many cases, women need to work to help pay the family bills.  Families across Nevada understand this reality, and they deserve a U.S. Senator who also understands this.  That’s why I’m supporting Shelley Berkley this November, because women across Nevada can count on her to support them as they support their families.”