Ted Nugent joins campaign team for Texas agricultural commissioner race

The controversial musician will serve as a Republican's campaign treasurer and co-chair

Published October 23, 2013 1:16PM (EDT)

Former Texas state Rep. Sid Miller, who previously made headlines for authoring a bill mandating women have sonograms before terminating a pregnancy, and is now running to be the state's agricultural commissioner, has added an unusual and high-profile new member to his campaign team: Ted Nugent.

According to the Texas Tribune, the controversial and unapologetically hard-right musician will join Miller's team as its campaign treasurer and co-chair. In an interview with the Tribune, Nugent said he hopes to "raise as much hell" as possible during the campaign.

"I believe in guys who stand by the Constitution," Nugent said. "I believe in guys who represent 'we the people' and common sense."

While this will be the first time Nugent has served in an official capacity for a candidate for office, it's far from the first time the guitarist has dipped his toe into political waters. During the 2012 campaign, for example, Nugent was a vocal supporter of Republican Mitt Romney, as well as a vocal skeptic of President Obama's birth certificate.

The left-wing media watchdog Media Matters previously compiled a list of 20 of the rocker's most offensive statements. Threats of violence and harangues against figures accused of racial impurity feature prominently among them.

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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