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Ted Nugent Might Run For Governor Of Michigan ("I have threatened to do so and I was sincere.")
MaconDaily.com ^ | Sun Aug 19, 2007 | Adam Tanner

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.

GOVERNOR NUGENT?

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."


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: banglist; catscratchfever; electiongovernor; governor; hunting; michigan; nugent; tednugent
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To: fieldmarshaldj

He could run as a Republican, which would be good, as long as he doesn’t turn into Arnold.


61 posted on 08/20/2007 6:32:18 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: hophead

Have you ever seen his daughter? She is drop-dead gorgeous. I’ve wondered from time to time what it must be like to be a young man trying to date Ted Nugent’s daughter. I’d guess the poor girl is very lonely on Saturday nights.


62 posted on 08/20/2007 6:44:18 PM PDT by ravensandricks (Jesus rides beside me. He never buys any smokes.)
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To: darkangel82

Not likely, since Ah-nold is a liberal. I’d be more worried if he turned into the erratic Jesse Ventura.


63 posted on 08/20/2007 6:46:38 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: ravensandricks

Pictures ? You know the rules, dude.


64 posted on 08/20/2007 6:46:58 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: fieldmarshaldj

LOL - No way do I want the Nuge knowing I spread pics of his daughter. :)


65 posted on 08/20/2007 6:48:34 PM PDT by ravensandricks (Jesus rides beside me. He never buys any smokes.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Ted Nugent Might Run For Governor Of Michigan

Michigan has too many deer anyway.

66 posted on 08/20/2007 6:52:31 PM PDT by Barnacle (Hunter 2008)
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To: DogByte6RER
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.

Well, assuming he runs for office, I hope he's smart enough not to go this route. Detroit would probably explode into riots all over again.

67 posted on 08/20/2007 6:53:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: DogByte6RER

I like him. He’s intelligent, informed, and well-spoken.

I don’t live in Michigan but I’d love to see him in politics. Right now, the WOT and gun control (for law abiding citizens) are huge issues for me. He wasn’t in my era of music mostly so I don’t know his music well.


68 posted on 08/20/2007 6:54:24 PM PDT by Twink
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To: creeping death; cripplecreek; cschroe; Grizzled Bear; JeffreyH; MetalHeadConservative35; ...

When in doubt he whips it out...He got him a campaign manager...it's a free-for-all!

69 posted on 08/20/2007 7:03:51 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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I thought that Ted was now a Texas resident.

One thing for sure... If he runs, it’ll be UGLEEEEEE!!!!! The leftists won’t have to look too far for nasty things to say about Ted.

As for his finally being a “one woman man,” I don’t doubt it for an instant. Besides being an incredible babe, Shemane Nugent is probably every bit as good with a knife, gutting a buck, as is Ted, and HE knows it...

Mark


70 posted on 08/20/2007 7:22:57 PM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: DogByte6RER
Just imagine the Motor City Madman cutting taxes in MI. The economic boom would be heard all around the world.

5.56mm

71 posted on 08/20/2007 7:25:35 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: gdani
I have a feeling his past love of jailbait & women who aren’t his wife would be a gold mine for his opponents.

While it might hurt his chances for a governorship, it's makes him perfectly qualified for congress.

Mark

72 posted on 08/20/2007 7:33:01 PM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: hophead
He says he never did drugs OR alcohol.

He does drink, but not to excess. I remember an interview he did a long time ago and he referred to his drink, saying something along the lines of, "I was a better man before I drank this Kahlua."

In the VH1 TV show, he was seen drinking wine with meals.

Of course, drinking alcohol isn't bad, just if done to excess. And I don't believe that Ted's done that.

Mark

73 posted on 08/20/2007 7:39:09 PM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: MarkL; Fawn
Shemane Nugent is probably every bit as good with a knife, gutting a buck, as is Ted.

Matter of fact she is. She runs her own hunting groups exclusively for women that teaches them all of that, familiarity with firearms, confidence and self-reliance: the Queen of the Forest program.

74 posted on 08/20/2007 8:03:03 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: NewRomeTacitus; Fawn
Shemane Nugent is probably every bit as good with a knife, gutting a buck, as is Ted.

Matter of fact she is. She runs her own hunting groups exclusively for women that teaches them all of that, familiarity with firearms, confidence and self-reliance: the Queen of the Forest program.

Yes, I sort of figured that she's perfectly capable of making Loreena Bobbit look like a piker!

Mark

75 posted on 08/20/2007 8:23:49 PM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: DogByte6RER

He lives in Texas doesn’t he? He can run for governor here. Michigan apparently didn’t want him. We’ll take him and claim him as our own.


76 posted on 08/20/2007 8:40:14 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Bosh Flimshaw
Should Mr. Nugent be proud of the method he used to avoid military service in Vietnam?

Which was?

77 posted on 08/20/2007 8:46:25 PM PDT by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: MarkL
I sort of figured that she's perfectly capable of making Loreena Bobbit look like a piker!

That wasn't a challenge. Best to let sleeping worms lie.

78 posted on 08/20/2007 9:02:06 PM PDT by NewRomeTacitus
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To: EternalVigilance

America needs a guy like this now


79 posted on 08/20/2007 9:05:42 PM PDT by ezoeni
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To: RockinRight

You mean about his being unfaithful and his illegitamate kid? He also needs a bath real bad.......


80 posted on 08/21/2007 5:51:29 AM PDT by Fawn
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