Texpatriate has learned that Wendy Davis has released a new ad in the Governor’s race that hits hard against her Republican opponent. Davis, a State Senator and the presumptive Democratic nominee, has strongly criticized Greg Abbott, the Attorney General and likely Republican nominee, for the latter’s association with rockstar and provocateur Ted Nugent.
As many will recall, Abbott has received a great deal of bad publicity for campaigning with Nugent. A longtime conservative activist, specifically on the 2nd Amendment, Nugent has lately been in short supply throughout the State. Sid Miller, a former State Representative and candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, lets Nugent serve as his campaign treasurer. Miller recently reaffirmed his support for Nugent. Steve Stockman, a Congressman and primary challenger to Senator John Cornyn, even brought Nugent with him as his guest to the State of the Union in 2013.
Accordingly, it initially did not surprise many when Nugent announced he would be campaigning throughout the State on behalf of Abbott, many times in joint appearances. Immediately, the Democrats (specifically Wendy Davis) began firing back on all cylinders. You see, Nugent has a history of
sexual liaisons with women below the age of consent raping children. I promise that is not hyperbole. He has admitted to having sexual relationships with multiple underage girls, and Courtney Love even recalled that Nugent coerced her to give him oral sex when she was only twelve years old.
The Dallas Morning News first reported on this disturbing detail, and the controversy took off from there. Attention was also placed on many of his insensitive comments, including recently calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel.” Oddly enough, it was that remark –and not the history of pedophilia– that earned the condemnation of both Governor Rick Perry and Senator Rand Paul. While I personally did not care for Nugent’s remark about Obama, it does not disturb me to my core the way his crimes have. Ted Nugent could call Obama anything he wanted (short of an explicit threat, of course) and it would be fully within the boundaries of the law. Simply put, that is a conversation about semantics and words.
The brouhaha over Nugent’s actions is a very different story. He raped multiple children, at least a second-degree felony in the State of Texas, if not a first-degree felony. Accordingly, the response over this issue from prominent Republicans –particularly Abbott– has been disquieting, to say the least.
Nugent later issued a feigned apology over the Obama remark, which prompted Abbott to say he was ready to move on over the matter. However, on Thursday, the Davis campaign fired back with a new ad of their own on the issue of Nugent’s past.
The Davis campaign released an ad featuring a woman named Nicole Anderson, a rape survivor who was instrumental in the passage of a 2011 Law requiring more regulation of Police Departments and Rape Kits. Anderson expressed her shock at Abbott following his many appearances with Nugent. The ad is hard-hitting and has the capacity to seriously shake up this election.
This should not be a partisan issue. Woody Allen and Roman Polanski, two other high-profile child rapists, are also well-known Democrats. That being said, if either of those degenerates campaigned with a local Democratic officeholder, I would be the first to criticize that candidate, whomever he or she may be. Republicans need to come to their senses and to that same conclusion.