Chris Christie should denounce Greg Abbott over Ted Nugent

I wrote months ago that Greg Abbott, Republican front-runner in the campaign for governor of Texas, is accident prone and will make huge mistakes that will give Wendy Davis a better chance of winning than many pundits believe.

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Well, by bringing in the racist misogynist Ted Nugent to support his campaign for governor, Abbott has a committed a whopper of a blunder that is beyond the wildest imagination of Texas Democrats.

Make no mistake, Davis's campaign is a long shot, and it is no secret her campaign got off to a bumpy start. But Davis's fighting spirit, her "of the people" life story, her enthusiastic supporters and her growing campaign war chest remain intact.

And Abbott's mega-gaffe is deeply offensive not only to women, blacks and Hispanics but also to moderate, centrist and principled conservative Texans who are disgusted and sickened by the Abbott vision of the Texas's future that gives a special place to bigots such as Ted Nugent.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as chairman of the Republican governors association, should withdraw his endorsement of Abbott. He should state that Nugent has no place in Republican politics, in Texas or anywhere else. Christie should say no to Nugent and Abbott. And if he will not do this, voters in New Jersey should say no to Christie.

The Republican governors should say no to Nugent and Abbott. The Republican National Committee should say no to Nugent and Abbott. Republican congressional leaders should say no to Nugent and Abbott.

For Christie, if he ever hopes to run for president, this is a character test. He must denounce Abbott for bringing Nugent to Texas or never run for president. As for Davis, she is now off and running, on the offensive, and the Abbott-Nugent team-up is the kind of blunder that brings hope to the hearts of Texas Democrats.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at brentbbi@webtv.net.