AUSTIN, Texas (AP) __ Musician Ted Nugent is getting mixed
reviews for his performance at the second inauguration of Texas
Governor Rick Perry.
Nugent appeared on stage at the black-tie gala Tuesday in a
cutoff T-shirt with a Confederate flag on it. He used machine guns
as props and shouted offensive remarks about non-English speakers,
according to people at the event.
Perry's spokesman, Robert Black, says Nugent is a good friend of
the governor's. He says Perry did not put any stipulation on what
Nugent would play. G-O-P strategist Royal Masset says Nugent was
``a horrible choice.''
Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas chapter of the
N-double-A-C-P, says the Confederate flag symbolizes ``the
enslavement of African-Americans and more recently the symbol of
hate groups and terrorists.''
Nugent could not be reached for comment because he was hunting,
according to his spokeswoman.