On Feb. 11, an announcement that popular rock star Ted Nugent will be in attendance as an invited guest of Texas Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas at the State of the Union address given by President Barack Obama on Feb. 12 was released by the congressman’s office, according to the L.A. Times.
Nugent is a legendary rock and roll musician who has turned into a popular figure among Second Amendment rights groups and Tea Party activists. The rocker has also become a controversial political advocate in the Obama era with his strident and blunt criticisms of the president and his appointees.
Rep. Steve Stockman, a GOP congressman from Texas, released an official announcement confirming Nugent’s attendance in the House chamber for the President’s annual speech, encouraging the national media to seek out interviews with the famous rocker with an explicit message at the top of the release stating, “Nugent will be available for interviews" following President Obama's Feb. 12 speech to the nation.
Stockman made his enthusiasm about Ted Nugent’s expected presence at the State of the Union clear in his office’s press release by stating:
“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama. After the Address I’m sure Ted will have plenty to say.”
Nugent made headlines in 2012 by making controversial statements about President Barack Obama and his cabinet secretaries at an NRA convention that ended with the rocker being interviewed by the Secret Service.
Speaking at the NRA convention in St. Louis in April 2012, Nugent. an unrelenting advocate for gun owners’ rights, avid hunter, and fierce opponent of gun control, made a dire prediction regarding the re-election of President Barack Obama when he told NRA supporters:
“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Rep. Stockman, a freshman congressman from Texas who previously served in the House in the 1990s, is a strong supporter of the National Rifle Association and vehemently opposes President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals. The NRA is a highly respected organization in Stockman’s congressional district that includes a large population of sportsmen and gun enthusiasts.
In January 2013, Stockman made headlines by announcing that he would seek the impeachment of President Obama if the president’s executive orders on gun control were in any way a violation of the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms in the U.S. Constituion, by saying:
“The White House’s recent announcement they will use executive orders and executive actions to infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms is an unconstitutional and unconscionable attack on the very founding principles of this republic. I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment.”
NRA members and opponents of Obama’s gun control proposals will have a forceful advocate receiving enormous media attention at the 2013 State of the Union speech with Ted Nugent’s attendance.
Steven Holmes is the Los Angeles Political Buzz Examiner.