He didn’t have him in a stranglehold, but Rocker Ted Nugent certainly placed state Sen. Colby Coash in an awkward position.
Nugent’s controversial comments about President Obama drew unwanted attention to a scheduled public fundraiser in Nebraska for the Lincoln senator’s re-election campaign.
Coash has cancelled the public event and, instead, will host a private reception with Nugent in Omaha on May 10th.
“I’m hosting a private reception for people who want to meet Ted. They’re people that I know, not the general public,” Coash told the Jack and John Show on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “We’re going to move forward with it and put this behind us.”
What had been a nice coup for the state senator turned into a nightmare after Nugent made controversial remarks in St. Louis last month. During a National Rifle Association meeting, Nugent stated, “If Barack Obama becomes the next president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”
Coash acknowledged the controversial remarks led to the cancellation. The senator said he had made commitments to certain friends that they would be able to meet Nugent and he will stick to those commitments by hosting the private reception.
Coash said Nugent took the change in stride.
“He’s used to this. I’m not,” Coash said with a chuckle. “He’s used to a kind of hoopla following him around. So, he was fine and our paths will cross again in the future. It won’t be in this form, though.”
Nugent had agreed to come to Nebraska for a dual purpose. Nugent, the self-proclaimed “Motor City Madman”, had agreed to raise money not only for the re-election campaign of Coash, but also to promote the hunting and fishing constitutional amendment on the ballot in November.
It is Nugent’s interest in hunting, in particular bow hunting, which sparked the unlikely friendship between him and Coash. Coash, who grew up in Bassett, met Nugent during the rock musician’s visits to a bow-string factory there. Coash asked Nugent to come to Omaha for the fundraiser after a Nugent concert in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
AUDIO: State Sen. Colby Coash speaks about Ted Nugent on KLIN’s Jack and John Show. [9:30]