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Nugent controversy lingers around Longview event, as familiar name enters the conversation

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Chubby Checker. (Courtesy Photo) Chubby Checker. (Courtesy Photo)
The controversy surrounding the City of Longview's Fourth of July celebration still lingers after the city decided to stop talks with controversial rocker Ted Nugent.

Nugent told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Longview Mayor Jay Dean was "racist," "clueless" and "dishonest" in his city's handling of talks with the rocker. The city ended the talks with Nugent  in February, leaving them without a headliner and out more than $16,000.

Nugent has been in the middle of a firestorm of controversy after comments he made about the President that were brought up while he campaigned for Republican Gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott. 

Since KLTV first broke the news about the costly controversy surrounding Ted Nugent, the City of Longview said they have received several phone calls from promoters wanting to offer their artist for the event. The city said they are still looking at candidates for the event that will be ticketed at Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center. 

Iconic singer Chubby Checker, known best for his hit ''The Twist,'' has let the city know he would be happy to headline the event.

"I would really like to play where there's lots of people and lots of excitement," Checker said by phone from Boise, Idaho. "It would be a great Fourth of July if they chose to bring The Chub to Longview so we could shake it up."

Checker also talked about Nugent and the recent controversy with the City of Longview.

"We love him. He's a crazy guy, but I love him. He's a little nuts, but I love him," Checker said. "A lot of crazy people in show business!"

The city said they would make a decision on a headliner at Maude Cobb for the event "soon." Checker did say one thing would happen if Longview were to choose him.

"If I come, you'll have just as much fun," he said.

Along with the ticketed concert, the event will also have free entertainment and family-friendly events on Friday, July 4.

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