ANCHORAGE - 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.
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 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-plus rating from the NRA. Ulmer recently obtained a concealed weapons permit.