Critics target Abbott over appearance with Nugent

Ted Nugent at a campaign event for Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott.
Ted Nugent at a campaign event for Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Republican candidate for governor and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott appeared Tuesday morning at a campaign event with conservative rock star Ted Nugent.

Democrats blasted the event well before it happened.

“Texans deserve better than a statewide office holder and candidate running for governor who welcomes Ted Nugent and his repugnant comments,” said Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa before the event. “I can’t help but recall the old saying, tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.”

“As much as Wendy Davis may like to focus on things like Ted Nugent, the reality is voters are going to focus on the issues,” said Abbott.

Davis, a Democrat, is likely to face Abbott in the general election.

“We had a Wendy Davis in Detroit. We had a Wendy Davis in Michigan,” Nugent said Tuesday. “Her name was Jennifer Grandholm. Today Detroit is an embarrassment. It is a cesspool. There is a declaration of  dependence in Detroit, and Chicago, and California…and New York.”

Nugent is known for his charged language.

Critics point to what they say is misogynistic language Nugent has used or comments Nugent made in January to — calling the president a “subhuman mongrel.”

However, the appearance with Nugent could help Greg Abbott.

“It’s kind of the subject of the day, they get on the news,” said Ross Ramsey executive editor and co-founder of KXAN’s political partner, The Texas Tribune. “…if this works for Greg Abbott, all [people are] going to remember is something about Greg Abbott. Helps his name ID.”

Rasmey says Nugent is also popular among some Republican voters. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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