ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Wayne Anthony Ross is getting some fund-raising help from rocker Ted Nugent.
Nugent performed Saturday at the Alaska State Fair. On Sunday, he joined Ross for a visit to a gun show at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage before heading to a fund-raiser at Hatcher Pass.
Nugent is a gun-rights and hunting advocate. Ross, an Anchorage attorney up against U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski and two other candidates in the Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday, has litigated numerous gun-rights cases and once owned more than 800 firearms.
Both Nugent and Ross are board members of the National Rifle Association. So when Ross told Nugent at an NRA dinner in Reno, Nev., in May that he planned to run for governor, Nugent volunteered to help him out.
At the fund-raiser Sunday at the Motherlode Lodge at Hatcher Pass, Nugent signed books, shook hands, posed for pictures, ate a salad, drank a glass of water and expounded on the upcoming election.
Both leading candidates in the governor's race, Murkowski and Democrat Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, say they support gun rights. Murkowski has an A+ rating from the NRA. Ulmer recently obtained a concealed weapons permit.
For Nugent, guns are about more than hunting, more than even protection.
''To be against gun rights is to be against an individual's right to defend life; it flies in the face of life, heart and spirit. Their stance is unconscionable, feeble, morally inept,'' he said.
Nugent comes to Alaska at least once a year to hunt or perform. The state, he said, has an opportunity that has long since passed the Lower 48 by to be a place where people can live in a pristine environment with minimal invasion into their rights.
Nugent is active in politics, including being involved in campaigns of Gov. George Pataki of New York, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and Georgia U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, all Republicans. Barr lost in his primary election this month.
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