Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Associated Press
BANGOR — A Ted Nugent concert in Bangor will go on as scheduled this summer despite the objections of two city councilors who expressed concern about comments the rocker made at a National Rifle Association meeting.
Musician and gun rights activist Ted Nugent addresses a seminar at a National Rifle Association's convention in this May 1, 2011, photo.
Nugent, rallying support for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said of the Obama administration: "We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November." He also said he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama is re-elected.
Councilor Charlie Longo said a man who would make such "threatening comments" doesn't belong in Bangor.
Councilor Joseph Baldacci said Nugent's "threatening verbal conduct" is not constitutionally protected.
The Bangor Daily News reports that concert promoter Alex Gray says the Secret Service determined Nugent's comments were protected free speech.