Dave Mustaine says people in the media only want to hear from Democrats, then promptly claims that he was never Republican anyway.
He insists he never really endorsed Rick Santorum, though says they occasionally talk on the phone.
"It's really weird that the music industry and the film and television industry, you almost gotta be a Democrat. It's like if you're a Republican, you're kind of like a guy that people don't really wanna hear from, because they look at Republicans like people who complain," he said in a May interview unearthed by Blabbermouth.
"But I'm an independent, not a Republican I've never been a Republican. I've always said that. I don't belong to any party I'm non-partisan. And for me, the sad thing is, instead of voting for the best man, I have to vote for the lesser of two evils."
It seems the Megadeth frontman has been trying to keep his opinion quiet after hitting headlines with his opinions, as outlined on our roundup of Dave Mustaine's most controversial headlines.
"If I say how I really feel, I'm gonna get blackballed people are gonna talk bad about me and my career's gonna suffer. And that in itself is a shame because since when in America can't you talk freely about things that you like or don't like? And why should I have my business taken away from me because I don't like somebody?"
Perhaps the tipping point was apologising to Metallica's James Hetfield who said Mustaine had a "big mouth." A UG news search for Dave Mustaine highlights the decline in headline comments.
"That's one of the fears I have if I say how I really feel about stuff that people are not gonna wanna come see us in concert or not gonna wanna buy our records."