The Chatter: Another aide to U.S. Sen. Paul comes under national scrutiny for racial comments
07/09/2013 01:08 PM
(photo courtesy: Washington Free Beacon)
Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s social media director has a history of making rabble-rousing comments about the issues of the Civil War, immigration and racial issues, as several national media organizations have reported.
Paul first hired Jack Hunter to help write his book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington” in 2010. Paul then hired Hunter to join his Senate office in August 2012. He most recently has advised Paul on national security issues, according to a Washington Monthly article.
Hunter has previously worked as a radio talk show going by the moniker the “Southern Avenger.” He would wear a Mexican wrestling mask with the Confederate flag printed on it to appearances between 1999 to 2012, overlapping his time with Paul, as the Washington Free Beacon first reported.
On his radio show, Hunter weighed in on issues such as racial pride, immigration, and stated his support for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the Beacon reported.
Paul has recently been working to expand the base of the Republican Party by reaching out to minority groups, especially the African-American community. He has made visits to historically black colleges and reached out to the Hispanic community with detailed pitches to reform the country’s immigration system.
“Sen. Paul holds his staff to a standard that includes treating every individual with equal protection and respect, without exception,” spokeswoman Moira Bagley said in a statement to the Washington Post .
As the Post article reports, Hunter wrote some controversial comments about illegal immigration in 2007 :
“Americans aren’t wrong to deplore the millions of Mexicans coming here now. A non-white majority America would simply cease to be America for reasons that are as numerous as they are obvious – whether we are supposed to mention them or not.”
In an interview with the Washington Free Beacon, the 39-year-old Hunter said he has changed his views on the issues of illegal immigration and other racial issues.
This isn’t the first instance that a Paul staffer has had trouble with inflammatory comments made in their past.
In late 2009, campaign spokesman Chris Hightower resigned over controversial writings dealing with race during Paul’s run for U.S. Senate. Hightower left the campaign after it was reported that controversial writings surrounding him and his MySpace page featured race sensitive comments .
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