Skip to comments.Ted Nugent Might Run For Governor Of Michigan ("I have threatened to do so and I was sincere.")
Posted on 08/20/2007 12:06:39 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
Ted Nugent might run for Governor of Michigan
By: Adam Tanner
Sun Aug 19, 2007 7:24 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Ted Nugent is exuberantly excited most of the time, but he grows even more animated when asked if he ever tires of playing "Cat Scratch Fever," the 1977 hit he's played thousands of times in a 40-year career.
He shouts repeated obscenities, then picks up a guitar and plays part of both "Cat Scratch Fever" and his 1975 song "Stranglehold" with unbridled enthusiasm.
"When I get on stage, I know what it means to people, I know what it means to me. It's a timeless masterpiece guitar song, how can I not play that?" he said in his dressing room before a recent concert at the House of Blues in Las Vegas.
At age 58, Nugent still brims with teenage enthusiasm for hard rock music. He is also one of the nation's most outspoken gun and hunting advocates. And he is considering a run for political office.
Mixing the unbridled personality of actor Robin Williams with the vocabulary of an urban rapper, the father and grandfather still performs about 70 concerts a year in which his music stays true to his hard rock roots with a relentless beat.
"I haven't lost the energy but I have learned how to better and more efficiently channel it."
People close to Nugent confirm his manic ways. "He's pretty much that way all the time," said singer and guitarist Derek St. Holmes, who has played with Nugent since the 1970s.
A board member of the National Rifle Association, Nugent says he spends about 200 days a year hunting, guiding clients to places such as his Michigan hunting preserve, as well as Alaska, Africa, California, Colorado, Texas, and Canada.
He favors hunting many different species, including elephants, mountain lions and tigers, and only when pressed comes up with a few animals he believes should not be hunted, such as penguins.
From Detroit and known as the "Motor City Madman," he has performed nearly 6,000 concerts in his career and releases his 32nd album, "Love Grenade," on September 4, which sticks with the sex and rock formula.
For all of his wild-man antics, the politically conservative Nugent is talking about following in the footsteps of celebrities such as actor Arnold Schwarzenegger or wrestler Jesse Ventura, who won gubernatorial races.
"That would be beautiful," Nugent said when asked if he would run for governor of Michigan in 2010. "I have threatened to do so and I was sincere."
Some of Nugent's antics make even Schwarzenegger's past outspokenness appear measured by comparison.
"Michigan was once a great state. Michigan was a state that rewarded the entrepreneur and the most productive, work-ethic families of the state. Now the pimps and the whores and the welfare brats are basically the state's babies."
Nugent refuses to mince words and often uses a racial epithet to describe blacks that normally would mean political suicide. He says his embrace of the word reflects his respect for the black contribution to rock and roll and has another expletive for anyone who disagrees with him.
Heavy duty weapons decorate the stage during his concerts and at his Las Vegas performance he condemned Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Long a critic of drugs, Nugent wrote a recent opinion article for the Wall Street Journal condemning the widespread drug use during the Summer of Love in 1967. He drank just cold water before his Vegas concert.
Nugent still embraces the carnal part of the sex, drugs and rock and roll formula and peppers his concert dialogue with a word describing women that many find offensive.
He described the availability of sex earlier in his life like this: "It was like when carp breed. You walk across the stream and they are ... splashing in the shallows. Just jump in."
Now Nugent says he is a one-woman man, living with his wife and youngest son in Crawford, Texas, near President George W. Bush's ranch. Life is "peaceful, barbecue every day, a lot of school activities with my son Rocco, a lot of charity work."
Although Nugent appears younger than his 58 years (he says freshly hunted venison meat is one secret to longevity), loud music for decades has caused major hearing loss in one ear.
"The ear's not too good, especially with background noise. That's a small price to pay," he said. "Believe me the journey was worth it."
Nugent, who is more Libertarian than Republican, would be following the likes of Jesse Ventura and Arnold Schwarzennegger...
Who knows, he might win.
Can’t even remember all the times I have seen him in concert, the new years eve bashes and several times while with the Damn Yankees or solo. I would vote for him simply because, well, he sure as hell can’t be any worse than Granholm is.
I’d rather that he run for president.
From Wikipedia.org (sic):
Nugent and the animal rights movement have long had an adversarial relationship. In 2000, Bhaskar Sinha was jailed briefly following an incident with Nugent outside a department store in San Francisco in which he allegedly threatened and physically assaulted Nugent, who in turn took Sinha into custody until San Francisco Police arrived and arrested the protester.
Nugent has reported receiving death threats against him and his family from animal rights activists. On the Penn & Teller’s Bullshit! episode about PETA, Nugent claimed, “We’ve got reports and files with law enforcement across America where animal rights extremists are on record threatening to kill my children on the way to school because we eat pheasant”. In 2006 he stated in an interview that “anyone who thinks hunting is terrible can kiss my ass.” 
In a 1992 radio interview, Nugent referred to Heidi Prescott of the Fund for Animals as a “worthless whore” and a “shallow slut,” asking “who needs to club a seal, when you can club Heidi?” and was ordered by a court to pay $75,000. 
Nugent owns a hunting ranch near Jackson, Michigan, called Sunrize Acres. Anti hunters claim this fenced facility offers “canned” hunts. Nugent has said, “I understand the criticism” from those who say canned hunting violates the ethic of fair chase, though he still operates the facility. Nugent was recently interviewed by Field & Stream magazine regarding “canned” hunts. At Sunrize Acres he personally guides customers on a hunt for trophy bull bison ($5,000), Russian boar, or white-tailed deer ($10,000 each). 
run, nuge, run!!
I cannot improve on that title quote. LOLOL
he would be 100% better than the canadian feminazi socialist we got in the governors chair now....he has my vote
He’s probably a much better candidate for Governor than anyone else who’s running.
LOL, I've never heard that one. Awesome.
LOVE the nuge!
This could be a good year. Sammy Kershaw recently threw his hat into the ring for Lt. Governor of Louisiana...
What a lowlife this guy is....YECH!
He would be running to replace current Democrat Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm.
Count me in. I would vote for him.
Nothing in his current vocabulary makes me believe he would be anything like Ventura and Schwarzennegger. He would make a great governor, IMHO.
Ted suffers from Cat Scratch Fever, but I say bring it on!
I’d enjoy it if he did just to see him point at Schumer and yell across the Senate chamber, “How many innocents have YOUR proposals and laws murdered, Senator?!”
I have a feeling his past love of jailbait & women who aren’t his wife would be a gold mine for his opponents.
My first Nuge album, circa 1976.
My impression is that he’s considerably more conservative than Schwarzenegger. And he isn’t as stupid as Jesse Ventura. Probably more conservative than he is libertarian, he is a strong supporter of the WOT and border enforcement.
I know he doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t like it that others do drugs, but I’m not sure if he is for laws restricting their use or not.
I think the Michigan State GOP might have some serious issues about this. Nugent would stand a better chance running as an Independent (like Ventura)
It will be interesting to watch if he does get in...
Really? I've never heard him say it.
I was going to ask if it was "101 Ways to Cook a Plugged Squirrel"
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Although I like Ted and his politics, I’m afraid he would end up like a dog that finally catches the car he’s chasing if he were to win.
Yeah, it’s too bad he’s 100% correct about everything he’s ever said.
“Nugent would be good for 2nd Amendment and CCW issues in Michigan and PETA has declared him public enemy #1 (which is a badge of honor.) “
Any non-felon in the state can get a CCW now.
I predict a cautious, don’t make mistakes campaign style with little media attention or comment.
When I heard Nugent speak at the Las Vegas FreedomFest Convention in 2005, he made a joke about either Asians or Koreans eating dog meat. A young Asian college co-ed abruptly left the conference room after this quip and she didn’t look happy.
Undeniably, Nugent is very non-pc.
This article is the first time that I have heard about racial epithets about blacks...
It would be fun to watch Nugent run gun grabbing liberal pols like Chuckie Schumer, Teddy Kennedy and Barbra Boxer on his reality TV show on the Outdoor Channel.
Nugent would be merciless towards such liberals...
It would be a tough dicision to crown Ted’s wife or Fred Thompson’s wife as the hottest first fox in the White House.
Hey Ted, can I be the FIRST to rent out the Lincoln Bedroom?
At least Ted has a record to be proud off.
“Im not sure if he is for laws restricting their use or not.”
I believe he is more libertarian on this subject and others like it. I remember he said something to the effect that if you do drugs, that is YOUR stupidity. He says he never did drugs OR alcohol.
Ya see, that's what happened to America...Many just can't stand the truth being spoken or even joked about, and prefer America be straight jacketed by political correctness.
I actually watched “The Big Idea” with Donny Whatever when Nugent was on. Donny kept calling Nugent an “ultra-conservative.”
Nugent did not disagree.
From his website:
Teditorial: War is the answer
Ted Nugent: Against the evil we face, war is the answer
Seeing what valor looks like, knowing cause is just
By Ted Nugent, Texas Wildman
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Toby Keith and I stood at the bedside of Pfc. Todd Bolding of Central Texas.
We were far from home, having just landed via Blackhawk battle copter on the tarmac of Bondsteel U.S. Military Hospital in Germany.
Visiting with wounded heroes of the world’s greatest warriors from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, National Guard and Marine Corps, we were deeply humbled - not only by the courage of these amazing men and women, but also by their commitment to get their shattered bodies repaired as soon as possible to “grab my rifle and get back to the front lines to fight with my buddies.”
God bless America.
We spent two weeks with these heroes, hanging out, eating, shooting, talking and patrolling. We shared hunting and fishing stories and celebrated the American music that apparently bonded us.
Toby and I did our best to keep a stiff upper lip and a positive attitude as we emotionally dealt with such a sacred time with many warriors with life-threatening injuries. We were moved.
Most importantly, continually listening to people who claim to support the troops but condemn and even dismiss the war on terror, I was totally fortified in my confidence that the cause for which these men and women fight is without doubt just and proper.
You see, I’m just a guitar player. So instead of guessing or relying on uneducated emotion, I believe my opinion should be based on the best information I can find on any given subject - particularly when the subject is freedom and justice and those heroes willing to volunteer and possibly sacrifice their lives for such noble causes.
The last thing I want to do is improperly or irresponsibly misstate or misinform anyone in my statements to the media or in my writings.
So I put my heart and soul into digging as deep as I can, researching the facts to the best of my ability and finding those souls most dedicated to the truth.
Historical and current evidence scrutinized is surely a good basis for opinion, but nothing quite compares to information shared by actual hands-on combatants in the front lines of the war on terror.
I so respect these bright, incredibly sophisticated, gung-ho military professionals. They obviously put their hearts and souls into researching the post-9/11 world, so maybe, just maybe, their decision to volunteer stands to be more meaningful than the motives of some U.S.-bashing punk like Michael Moore and his ilk.
The intimate, inside dialogue these brave men and women have shared with me brings me to a single conclusion: The terrorists and those who support them in any way must be destroyed at all costs.
Peace and love and security are procured by killing those who would interfere with such quality of life, and that is exactly what the U.S. military heroes are doing.
Fighting the evil terrorists and tyrants who have held Muslims back to a life of slavery and misery, locked in the 17th century, clearly is the only hope we have to beat down the maniacal extremists who vow to destroy America and take innocent lives around the globe.
That is what our troops are doing where they are doing it, and most people are smart enough to see this.
With the horrific images of those planes flying into the twin towers and the Pentagon still fresh in our minds, we are not about to forget the depth of evil they represent.
Todd Bolding bled to death before my eyes.
I saluted many flag-draped coffins over there. I flew home with the flag draped coffin of Lt. Col. Eric McRae and communicated with his family to say thank you on behalf of all Americans.
I remember the Alamo. I remember D-Day. I remember Iwo Jima. I remember Pearl Harbor. I remember Auschwitz. I remember 9/11/01.
I remember Todd Bolding and all who gave everything so we can be free. I side with those who face the beast. They know best.
I’d love to see him elected, but I don’t think he’d have much of a chance.
“....He favors hunting many different species, including elephants, mountain lions and tigers, and only when pressed comes up with a few animals he believes should not be hunted, such as penguins....”
Well, drat. My fantasy of having the Nuge guide me on a penguin hunt are dashed!!
Visit his website before you call him a lowlife. If so, there are a lot of “lowlifes” on FR!
I’ll have to say that that bit about the penguins was one of the funniest things I’ve ever read. I laughed almost to the point of having a medical emergency. Took me quite a while to recover.