The 65-year-old rock star Ted Nugent is campaigning with the state’s current attorney general and likely Texas GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott.
Thus far Abbott has made no apologies for inviting Nugent on the trail with him.
Angry Democrats were quick to point to Nugent’s comments, with the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis calling Abbott’s decision “repulsive.”
A senior Abbott aide said their campaign is bringing in Ted Nugent, a well known gun rights activist, to help spur voter turnout among the base, as the state begins early voting for the upcoming March 4 GOP primary.
The aide also said that they originally had 100 people commit to their event at a Denton restaurant, but when they announced Nugent was coming, the number tripled.
The campaign aide said, “On a Tuesday mid-morning at a local restaurant in Denton, Texas, that’s a lot of people.” and that “The controversy is what he said in the past. We are not endorsing Ted Nugent, he is supporting us.”