Texas Town Pays Ted Nugent $16,000 Not to Play Fourth of July Concert

After booking conservative rocker Ted Nugent, known for hits like "That Time He Called President Obama a Subhuman Mongrel," to play its Fourth of July concert this year, the town of Longview, Texas had second thoughts. Now they'll be paying Nugent $16,250 not to perform on Independence Day.

The amount was half of Nugent's guaranteed fee, and Longview says it still has the budget to book an alternate headliner.

The city cancelled the show for "a variety of reasons," a city spokesman told the Longview News-Journal:

"Cost, structure, is it the right musical act for this type of event — a city-sponsored, family-oriented overall event. They decided no, we don't want to move forward, it is not the right act for this. At that point we decided to end discussions."

Nugent, who has also called Obama a "chimpanzee," continues to campaign for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R-Duh) in the Texas gubernatorial race.

Keith Rothra, chair of the Republican party in Gregg County, believes the state-level race is the only reason Longview cancelled its contract with Nugent, who once said Hillary Clinton had "spare scrotums," whatever that means.

"We have paid $16,000 to Ted Nugent for political correctness," Rothra said. "It's directly related to the state level stuff."

The Longview city manager's office is in the process of booking a replacement act who never said that "apartheid isn't that cut-and-dry" or entreated President Obama to "suck on [his] machine gun."

[H/T: UPI, Photo Credit: AP Images]