National Rifle Association board member and former rocker Ted Nugent recently claimed that several high-ranking Republican politicians contact him for advice and guidance.
According to MediaMatters.org, Nugent claimed on Detroit radio station 94.7 WCSX that he has spoken to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Michigan Gov. John Engler, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Nugent mentioned the politicians on the Oct. 30 broadcast after being asked about being the co-chair of Republican Sid Miller's current political run to be the Texas Agriculture Commissioner (video below).
The pro-gun advocated bragged that he helped take away collective bargaining rights of government workers in Wisconsin, including police and firemen, whom he called "hippies." Nugent referred to his union busting as providing "freedom back in Wisconsin."
"I'm contacted all the time, I work close with Ted Cruz who is a great patriot, a great statesman," said Nugent. "I worked close with Scott Walker's team in Wisconsin when he took it away from the hippies and got rid of the debt and got some freedom back in Wisconsin.
"I've worked with Governor Engler in the past. I've worked with different sheriffs and different attorney generals. I work closely with Greg Abbot and Governor Perry in Texas," added Nugent.
While these Republicans have not confirmed Nugent's claims, he was invited to the State of the Union address earlier this year by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas), who gushed over Nugent in a press release:
"I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama," said Stockman. "After the Address I'm sure Ted will have plenty to say."
Sen. Stockman did not mention any of Nugent's many attacks on blacks, women, Muslims and homosexuals.