A group of Texas state representatives Thursday asked Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott to apologize to Texans for his association with Ted Nugent, a rock star who has admitted to having sexual relationships with young girls.

It was signed by Texas state Reps. Roberto Alonzo, Rafael Anchia, Lon Burnam, Joe Farias, Pancho Nevárez, Chris Turner, and Armando Walle, who wrote:

"A little over a week ago in Dallas you announced plans that included steps you said will protect women in Texas from sexual trafficking.

"Yet, this week you campaigned with someone who has admitted to trying to gain the confidence of parents in pursuit of sexual relations with their young daughters.

"We are all parents, husbands, or uncles. Many of us have daughters. As any parent knows, our first obligation is protecting our children from the harm others can do. We strive every day to make sure they associate with the right people and avoid those who risk harm or can influence them negatively."

The letter went on to call Abbott's association with Nugent appalling and urged the Attorney General to apologize to the people of Texas.

READ MORE: State reps' full letter to Abbott

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has called Abbott's alliance with Nugent repulsive and posted on her Twitter page:

"Greg Abbott's embrace of Ted Nugent is an insult to every Texan."

Yesterday in Tyler, Abbott dodged reporters asking why he chose to bring Nugent along on the campaign trail. Instead, Abbott directed the conversation to gun rights.

Meanwhile, Davis has begun to use Abbott's political partnership with Nugent as a tool to raise money. In a new fundraising appeal, Davis asked supporters to donate $5 to her campaign in order to meet a $300,000 February fundraising goal and send a strong message to Abbott.

While Davis cashed in on the controversy, Abbott scored a major supporter. Sarah Palin said Wednesday that she was backing Abbott. She posted on Facebook:

"Greg has overcome many personal obstacles and challenges, which have made him a believer in the power of liberty and the need to defend our freedoms from the overreach of an out-of-control federal government. If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!"

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