National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent weighed in on the Texas governor's race in his column for conspiracy website WND, attacking the “America-hating” campaign of Democratic candidate Wendy Davis.
In his October 29 column, Nugent wrote, “Thank God there are still way more Texans that stand in defiance of the lying, scamming, America-hating, Texas-hating scammers and scoundrels that infest and steer the Wendy Davis campaign of deception.”
In February, Nugent set off a lengthy controversy when he appeared at a campaign event with Republican candidate Greg Abbott and called him his “blood brother.” Abbott was criticized for appearing with Nugent after the NRA figure had recently called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel” and because of Nugent's history of demeaning attacks on women.
While Davis said Abbott's “embrace of Ted Nugent is an insult to every Texan,” Abbott defended Nugent as “a forceful advocate for individual liberty and constitutional rights.” Later, as controversy grew, Abbott released a statement saying it was time to “move on” and added, “I believe Ted Nugent recognized his language was wrong and he rightly apologized.” (Nugent had offered a disingenuous apology “not necessarily to the president” that attacked Obama as a lying, law-breaking racist who engaged in Nazi tactics.)
Days later Nugent attacked Davis, claiming she has an “anti-American agenda” and calling her a “puppet” of “scam artist” Obama on conservative Dana Loesch's radio show. The controversy ended on February 28 with Abbott telling reporters he had “no plans” to campaign with Nugent in the future.
In his column, Nugent also wrote, “I already got my invitation to Greg Abbott's victory party for the evening of Nov. 4 as we celebrate his landslide victory over Wendy Davis as the new and well-deserved governor of the Great Republic of Texas.” The event is open to the public.