Rock musician Ted Nugent has been an outspoken friend to many conservative politicians in Texas. But it's unlikely he'll get an encore in the Texas governor's race after blowback from his appearances this week with Republican candidate Greg Abbott.
Abbott, the Texas attorney general, took heat for inviting Nugent to join him at campaign events. Nugent has suggested treating immigrants like "indentured servants." He was quoted last month calling President Barack Obama a "subhuman mongrel."
Nugent apologized for that remark Friday in an interview with conservative radio host Ben Ferguson. His apology came after Gov. Rick Perry and Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky criticized his language as inappropriate.
"I do apologize–not necessarily to the President–but on behalf of much better men than myself," Nugent said.
Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis are the leading contenders to succeed Perry, who did not seek re-election after 14 years in office.
— The Associated Press
First published February 21 2014, 11:47 AM