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.
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.”
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.