Meet Rand Paul's staffer who supported Lincoln's assassination, secession, calls himself the 'Southern Avenger'

Well this is terribly awkward considering Ron Paul’s dubious past. Like father, like son. A member of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s staff who helped him write one of his books is a former pro-secessionist radio commentator who wore a Confederate flag mask during public appearances, according to a news report Tuesday, Courier-Journal reports.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, Jack Hunter, is Rand Paul’s director of new media and credited writer with the Senator on the 2011 book ‘The Tea Party Goes to Washington’, and has called himself the “Southern Avenger” since 1999 and expressed support for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Rand Paul's staffer.

Rand Paul’s staffer.











USA Today reports:

Paul, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has spent recent months urging the Republican Party to “be like the rest of America” by embracing minority voters.

Hunter’s views sharply contrast with that message.

In one commentary, Hunter complained that white people are not allowed to celebrate their race while Hispanics turn “everywhere they settle into northern outposts of their Mexican homeland,” the Free Beacon reported.

“Not only are whites not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity, but anything that is considered ‘too white’ is immediately suspect,” Hunter said. “The term ‘diversity’ has become nothing more than a code word for ‘not white,’ and it’s a shame that just because we have fair skin, we are always denied fair treatment.”

This is no exaggeration. The Conservative site Washington Free Beacon reports:

A close aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) who co-wrote the senator’s 2011 book spent years working as a pro-secessionist radio pundit and neo-Confederate activist, raising questions about whether Paul will be able to transcend the same fringe-figure associations that dogged his father’s political career.

Hunter defended his pro-secessionist views as recently as 2009.

“In my early 20s, I was a full-blown, right-wing radical. As a member of the Southern secessionist group the League of the South, I argued seriously for the states of the old Confederacy to break away from the rest of the Union,” wrote Hunter in a Charleston City Paper column. “I thought it might be better to tone down the radicalism and at least try to appear more respectable. But when I came across an old column of mine last week, I realized that I never really changed. I’m still just as radical or crazy, depending on your perspective. In fact, I might be getting worse.”

He later described his support for secession as “a brand of politics I still subscribe to today.”

Rand Paul spokeswoman Moira Bagley provided a statement on the Hunter controversy according to USA Today: “Senator Paul holds his staff to a standard that includes treating every individual with equal protection and respect, without exception.”

Uh huh.

As my proud Puerto Rican best friend says, You are who you walk with.  Also, Rand Paul rewriting his own words on the Civil Rights Act speaks volumes.

H/T: My Facebook friend John R. Tausend with thanks. 


  • Sally

    Oh the poor picked upon white boy. Has he ever had to fight for equal pay? Health insurance? A seat in a restaurant? Having contraception coverage? Had to fight to have his vote count? had to depend on public transportation to get groceries? Had to scrub toilets to feed his kids..or pick fruit? Just what ‘white heritage’ dos he want us to celebrate? My relatives are German, Swiss and English. Should I be flying multiple flags? Or celebrating Swiss holidays maybe? What a moron. What he’s really saying is that whites can’t express their hatred for any other race, lynch people for looking at them, and keep ‘those people’ out of their schools and movie houses. He makes me sick, and so does Paul, who obviously agrees with this jerk.

    • Anomaly 100

      Come on Sally. Remember that history taught us how white people were enslaved and taken from their country, beaten into submission and if not, hanged until death. Oh wait….

    • EdEKit

      Sally, what is Thanksgiving if not a White Heritage day? How about Fourth of July or the history we are taught in grammar school? Perhaps if the (rebel) flag waving Patriot had a brain he would realize that the culture he revels in is White Culture.

  • searambler

    Rand Paul is a smarmy, unctuous toad. His dad was a racist, and raised him the same way. It’s no surprise he hires dicks like this guy. Birds of a feather and all that. He will never, ever be president. Ever.

  • Jay

    Ummm, in case you don’t know anything about history or reality, it’s time to get over it. The confederacy lost, the union won. Time for the whites and the blacks to get over all the bad stuff of the past and stop the racism. It’s over! If ya’ll are so hung up on the past, the Brits should be pissed off about losing the colonies and should do everything they can to screw over the US, The French should be at war with the Italians for the Roman subjugation of the Franks, and the Moroccans should seek retribution against the Swedes for the Viking invasions of North Africa! Get over it there is no more confederacy, thee never will be one, the South will NOT rise again; one nation, one people, end of story, grow up, your erroneous nostalgia and your misplaced and useless hate will get you nowhere.

    • beautifulwitch

      Exactly. Wonderful post. If we have to, we’ll whoop ’em again.

    • DaddyO_969

      Kinda proves that God was NOT and NEVER HAS BEEN on ‘their side.” Yet they keep blaming him/her/it for all their woes (labeled Progressive).

  • EdEKit

    I am a White Guy. I celebrate the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day, I even celebrate Constitution day in September, not a National Holiday, but I celebrate anyway. I sorta think of these as White Guy heritage days. But then I celebrate Cinco De Mayo too. And the Universal Holiday, New Year’s Eve. I also join in celebrations of Wedding Anniversaries and Weddings. While these are not restricted to my white friends, they are restricted to my Heterosexual ones. I hope that changes soon, my gay friends are being discriminated against — they can’t get divorced either. I’ve been know to mark Motorcycle Awareness Month, and that applies to all colors, creeds and national origins. All you need to be celebrated in that month is a motorized two wheeled street legal vehicle. I have been known to celebrate Christmas, along with a diverse population across the Christian world,

    Jack Hunter, YOU ARE AN IGNORANT (expletive deleted) aren’t you?

  • sukibarnstorm

    I live in Minnesota and we celebrate May 17 as Syttende Mai day (Norwegian independence), we have Irish and Scottish fairs throughout the summer, New Ulm celebrates Oktoberfest (German heritage), Lucia Dagen (Swedish Christmas fest), In Aug alone we have Czech days, Greek days, Polish days, and best of all, St. Urho’s DAy celebrating Finnish heritage. I don’t know how more “white” you can get. I would guess that there are these festivals and celebrations in every state. So it is ridiculous to say that we don’t celebrate our cultural identity, we do it all the time.

  • joelshenderson

    So…how do you all feel about left-of-center secessionist movements that have been around for a long time?

    Also crazy racists?

    • Ananda

      Which left of center secessionist movements would those be?

      • joelshenderson

        Ananda – there are a LOT of decent search engines on the web; you should familiarize yourself with one or more of them.

        In the meantime, you can check out:

  • Anomaly 100

    They might have one in Narnia.

    • joelshenderson

      Sure, that comment adds a lot of rational and respectful content to the discussion…

      • Anomaly 100

        As did yours. You didn’t answer Amanda’s question.

        • joelshenderson

          Actually, I did answer Ananda’s question – maybe the moderator hadn’t released the comment when you last looked?

          • Anomaly 100

            I am a moderator, but your reply did not seem to address her question.

          • joelshenderson

            The URL I posted links to a group that seems to support a variety of issues; many of them could be considered contemporarily ‘left/liberal’ as well as secessionist…

          • Anomaly 100

            I’ve never heard of the site and I don’t see where it advocates for leftists to secede.

          • joelshenderson

            Did you read any of the site? Secession is one of the issues that is clearly mentioned…

          • joelshenderson

            Here, let me do the work for you:

            “We at Vermont Commons: Voices of Independence believe that the United
            States is no longer a republic governed by its citizens, but an Empire
            that is immoral and essentially ungovernable.

            We believe that a sovereign state’s right to nonviolently secede, first
            championed in the United States by the citizens of 19th century New
            England, is a right that demands re-exploration in the 21st century.

            We believe that a 21st century Vermont, working in concert with our
            neighbors and the rest of the world, may better be able to feed, power,
            educate and care for its citizens as an independent 21st century
            commonwealth than as one of fifty states within the U.S. Empire.

            The “endless war on terror” being waged by the United States for
            geo-strategic control of the world’s remaining fossil fuel energy
            resources – “full spectrum dominance” – can not and will not alter the
            emergent reality of peak oil and climate change.”

          • Anomaly 100

            Sounds like a right wing site to me. What you said that I disputed:

            “left-of-center secessionist movements that have been around for a long time?”

            That site doesn’t even register on Alexa.

            Where is this leftist movement?

          • joelshenderson

            I have no idea who Alexa is; I tend to do my own research and form my own opinions.

            Are you denying that self-identified liberals/left-leaning folks support the following action items: the need to ‘…feed, power, educate and care for…citizens’ and that ‘The “endless war on terror” being waged by the United States for geo-strategic control of the world’s remaining fossil fuel energy resources – “full spectrum dominance” – can not and will not alter the emergent reality of peak oil and climate change.”

            If it is a right-wing site, why are there no mentions of cutting taxes and limiting government (or any of the other not-really-‘right’ stuff that alleged right-wingers support, such as abolishing abortion & welfare)?

            Also (and more importantly IMO) – do you think it’s more important to smugly separate everyone into an easily-marginalized ‘us vs. them’ category than it is to find some synergy and work towards goals for the common good of ALL (such as justice, liberty, peace, sustainability, etc)?

            Do you think this constant marginalization of people via logical fallacy is actually going to accomplish any common good or does it just make you feel intelligent and special?

          • Anomaly 100

            If you do your own research, then look up Alexa, which will tell you that the site in question has NO traffic. You said that there is a leftist movement promoting secession. You’re trying to distract from your original statement, in which I proved to be inaccurate.

            I can show you right wing sites that promote violence, .stockpiling weapons, overthrowing the government, etc. But, this is about your assertion of a leftist movement.

            You’ve had enough of my time. Have a nice day.

          • joelshenderson

            I suppose if reality doesn’t align properly with your narrative of division and debunked racism you just ignore it…after all, it’s hard to keep sowing hatred when the facts rebut you huh?

          • DaddyO_969

            Facts, real facts, not the horseshit you right-wing fascists spew do not debunk racism and bigotry, they demonstrate that there is a very clear agenda to deny those not white, male and ‘Christian” access to the same rights and privileges that others have. You so happy: Move to Iran.

          • joelshenderson

            DaddyO – are you speaking to someone who is not here? Who exactly is the ‘right-wing fascist’ that you’re referring to?

        • joelshenderson

          And really, let’s just cut to the meat of the matter since it seems the subtle approach isn’t working: comments & articles, etc that rely on logical fallacies (such as guilt-by-association) don’t really contribute towards any sort of progressive evolution IMO.

          Wouldn’t it be better just to deal in specifics while trying to find common ground and work towards justice & sustainability? The longer we waste our time with these ridiculous ‘us against them’ theatrics, the more injustice and misery we allow to happen in the world…

          Just my $.02 of course

          • Anomaly 100

            And really, uh…no. It’s not like Rand Paul didn’t know unless he’s that much of an idiot.

          • joelshenderson

            I see; you’d rather just name-call than engage in any sort of rational, respectful dialogue – way to work towards the common good!

          • DaddyO_969

            Stupid is as stupid does and Paul and his group are STUPID as is anyone who listens to what is patently false, misleading, lying, distorted, unfactual and believes it. If that includes you, wear the shoe…

  • John Oliver Mason

    Rand Paul, who wants to be Presdient of ALL the United States, has a neo-Confederate on his staff? Hmmm…

  • DaddyO_969

    Don’t they call that TREASON?