Rand Paul says he hopes 'Southern Avenger' saga won't undermine efforts to broaden GOP's reach

07/22/2013 09:58 AM

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul confirmed to reporters Monday that he and staffer Jack Hunter — the former shock jock known as the Southern Avenger — were parted ways in a “mutual decision.”

Paul said he hoped that Hunter’s presence on his staff wouldn’t undermine his efforts to broaden the appeal of the Republican Party. Paul has reached out to African Americans, for instance, speaking at historically black colleges in Washington, D.C., and Louisville.

“I think everybody occasionally has people that work for them who sometimes have a background that damages what you’re trying to do,” he said.

“But I think people can judge me on who I am and what I’m trying to do,” Paul added. Here’s the clip:

Hunter worked as a radio show host in South Carolina where his alter ego, the “Southern Avenger,” would wear a wrestling mask with the confederate flag emblazoned on it. Hunter, who has worked in Paul’s Washington office for more than a year most recently as a national security adviser, came under national scrutiny earlier this month.

Hunter spoke about racial pride, immigration and stated his support for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, as the Washington Free Beacon first reported in early July.

Hunter told the Daily Caller that he planned to return to punditry.

Paul said he wasn’t aware of what Hunter would do next.


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