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Texas Legislators Denounce Greg Abbott's "Appalling" Association with Ted Nugent


by: Katie Singh

Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 03:00 PM CST


This week, Greg Abbott appeared at several campaign events with rock star Ted Nugent. Nugent recently referred to President Obama as a "subhuman mongrel" and has called female politicians "varmints," "fat pigs," and "dirty whores." In addition, Nugent has readily admitted to having sex with underage girls.

Abbott's decision to associate himself with a history of racist, sexist, and predatory behavior has justifiably provoked a strong response from Texans. Wendy Davis has called Abbott's choice to campaign with an admitted predator "repulsive."

On Wednesday, when Abbott was asked to comment on his decision to campaign with Ted Nugent, he fled to a nearby car rather than answer reporters' questions.

Today, Democratic State Representatives Roberto Alonzo, Rafael Anchia, Lon Burnam, Joe Farias, Poncho Nevarez, Chris Turner, and Armando Walle joined the voices denouncing Abbott's association with Ted Nugent. In a letter, they called on Abbott, who has previously expressed commitment to fighting child predators, to apologize to Texans.

Read the full text of the letter below the jump.

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February 20, 2014

Attorney General Greg Abbott,

A little over a week ago in Dallas you announced plans that included steps you said will protect women in Texas from sexual trafficking.

Yet, this week you campaigned with someone who has admitted to trying to gain the confidence of parents in pursuit of sexual relations with their young daughters.

We are all parents, husbands, or uncles.  Many of us have daughters.  As any parent knows, our first obligation is protecting our children from the harm others can do.  We strive every day to make sure they associate with the right people and avoid those who risk harm or can influence them negatively.

Your association with Ted Nugent, given his history, is appalling to us.  It provides an insight into the values that you will have as Governor of Texas, and it is an insight we find frightening.

We call on you to condemn him.  You cannot change the fact that he's called you his "blood brother."  But, hopefully you now have had time to read his ugly and vile remarks about women, aspiring immigrants and his admitted activities as a child predator.

As elected and community leaders, we have a duty to speak out for our families and all the Texas families we represent. Your appearance with Mr. Nugent offends the men, women, brothers, and husbands of Texas.

You have underestimated Texan's resolve to speak out against your blatant disregard for Texas values. Your refusal to condemn Nugent, and your insistence to appear alongside him multiple times in public, reflects on your lack of judgment and character.

In light of this growing controversy, we respectfully request that you fully review the facts of Ted Nugent's controversial past and apologize to the people of Texas for embracing him.

Sincerely,

Representative Roberto Alonzo              
Texas House District 104        

Representative Rafael Anchia
Texas House District 103                  

Representative Lon Burnam                          
Texas House District 90                    

Representative Joe Farias
Texas House District 118              

Representative Poncho Nev├írez                  
Texas House District 74  

Representative Chris Turner        
Chair, House Democratic Caucus
Texas House District 101                      

Representative Armando Walle
Texas House District 140



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