So, why the bruhaha over Ted Nugent? I guess he’d get more attention for his music if he’d done anything notable since Damn Yankees broke up, and even that was of dubious value.
He definitely crossed some lines with his comments, so much so that even the NRA is trying to get some distance. The Secret Service questioned him, and I’m sure the Nuge was disappointed to find that they didn’t bring any of those Colombian prostitutes he’d heard about.
I got a call from a relative of one of the January 8th victims the other day who was angry that Nugent would be playing at the Pima County Fair. She also pointed out that Sarah Palin’s “don’t retreat, reload” comments that she retroactively got so much grief for were made at the fairgrounds during the 2010 election. Yeah, a bit of a stretch, but given what she and her family have been through over the last year and a half, I’ll cut her some slack.
Apparently, she’s not the only one concerned about this. This is from Richard Elías’s Facebook page. The Pima County Board of Supervisors granted the Southwest Fair Commission, a private group, the right to run the fair years ago, but he’s been getting calls:
Concerned Pima County residents:
Many of you have complained about the appearance at the 2012 Pima County Fair of Ted Nugent. I am among those who deplore the reprehensible and irresponsible statements that Mr. Nugent made to the National Rifle Association about President Obama. In light of the horrific shooting spree of January 8, 2011, that took six lives and injured 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Mr. Nugent’s comments were especially hurtful and inappropriate to many of us in this community. The Southwestern Fair Commission Inc. and its employees put together the Pima County Fair. If you have strong feelings about Mr. Nugent’s offensive statements, please share them with the commission: (520)762-9100; Office@pimacountyfair.com
District Five Pima County Supervisor