Democrats Slam Texas AG Abbott for Teaming Up With Ted Nugent

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Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 11:30 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has come under fire from Democrats for enlisting the help of rocker Ted Nugent in the gubernatorial race against state Sen. Wendy Davis.

Nugent, a Newsmax contributor who sits on the board of the National Rifle Association, was due to attend two campaign events in Texas on Tuesday with Abbott, the likely GOP nominee for governor.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the Lone Star Project, a Democratic group, has criticized Nugent as an admitted sexual predator of underage girls.

The organization also noted that as attorney general, Abbott had highlighted his office’s Internet Crimes Against Children division, which works with authorities to catch predators who prey on underage girls online.

"Abbott has crisscrossed our state publicly promising to protect Texas women and children while he’s been making plans to appear at campaign events with an admitted sexual predator," said Lone Star Project director Matt Angle.

According to the Morning News, during a 1998 VH1 documentary "Behind the Music," Nugent admitted having affairs with several underage girls, saying, "I was addicted to girls."

Nugent also claimed that he was given the "stamp of approval" by their parents. "I guess they figured better Ted Nugent than some drug-infested punk in high school," he said.

The rocker has also caused an outrage by going on foul-mouthed tirades against President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa attacked Abbott, saying, "Texans deserve better than a statewide officeholder and candidate running for governor who welcomes Ted Nugent and his repugnant comments."

And Grace Garcia, executive director of the Democratic fundraiser for female candidates called Annie’s List, demanded Monday that Abbott prevent Nugent from appearing with him on the campaign stops.

Noting that Nugent had called feminists and female politicians "fat pigs" and "dirty whores," Garcia told the Morning News, "It’s a lie to say he’s on our side and then turn around and accept the support of someone so outspokenly anti-women like Ted Nugent."

But Abbott spokesman Matt Hirsch hit back, saying, "Ted Nugent is a forceful advocate for individual liberty and constitutional rights, especially the Second Amendment rights cherished by Texans."

Abbott, who has been in a wheelchair since 1984 after a tree fell on him when he was 26, is facing a tough election race in November against Davis, the likely Democratic nominee who recently sparked outrage when it was revealed that she had fudged her biography.

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