LONGVIEW, Texas — An East Texas city paid $16,250 to end contract negotiations with rocker Ted Nugent, who was under consideration as the headliner for Longview’s Fourth of July celebration.

Longview’s payoff last month came after Nugent’s earlier comments and song lyrics became an issue during a campaign swing with Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.

In January, Nugent called President Obama a “subhuman mongrel.” The comments resurfaced when Nugent campaigned in February with Abbott, who said he did not endorse such language.

City spokesman Shawn Hara told the Longview News-Journal that the controversy surrounding Nugent was just one factor that led the city to call off negotiations.

“(There were) a variety of reasons. Cost, structure, is it the right musical act for this type of event – a city-sponsored, family-oriented overall event,” Hara said. “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.”

Keith Rothra, outgoing chairman of the Gregg County Republican Party, said he didn’t buy the city’s explanation that Nugent’s comments were just one of several reasons they broke off talks.

“We have paid $16,000 to Ted Nugent for political correctness,” he said.