The Dallas Morning News’ Wayne Slater on Friday asked Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s (R) campaign to comment on his campaign buddy Ted Nugent’s admission to having sex with underage girls.
As attorney general, Abbott pledged as part of his conservative agenda to fight sexual predators who target young girls. Nugent took the campaign stage with Abbott this week where the attorney general touted him as a “fighter for freedom” because of his appeal to gun-rights voters in Texas. But then there’s this, Nugent’s 1981 paean to sex with underage girls entitled Jailbait.
“Jailbait” contains lyrics like these: “Well I don’t care if you’re just thirteen/ You look too good to be true/ I just know that you’re probably clean/ There’s one lil’ thing I got to do to you.”
Nugent admitted to having affairs with underage girls in a 1998 “Behind the Music” documentary.
Abbott’s opponent in the gubernatorial race, state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), sent an email to supporters Friday that blasted the attorney general for campaigning with Nugent.
“It’s been 4 days since Abbott appeared on stage, proudly showing off an admitted sexual predator as one of his biggest supporters. And when asked to denounce Nugent, his ‘blood brother,’ Abbott went silent,” the fundraising email from Davis’ campaign read.
Abbott deflected CNN’s questions Thursday when asked if he felt it appropriate to campaign with someone who had a history of inflammatory remarks like Nugent, who has also called President Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel.” The gun rights activist later apologized, but not to the President.
Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign hadn’t responded to Slater’s request as of Friday afternoon.
This post has been updated.