Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Company You Keep

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) hired a guy with some views that will keep him whistling Dixie.

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.

Paul hired Jack Hunter, 39, to help write his book The Tea Party Goes to Washington during his 2010 Senate run. Hunter joined Paul’s office as his social media director in August 2012.

From 1999 to 2012, Hunter was a South Carolina radio shock jock known as the “Southern Avenger.” He has weighed in on issues such as racial pride and Hispanic immigration, and stated his support for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

During public appearances, Hunter often wore a mask on which was printed a Confederate flag.

Prior to his radio career, while in his 20s, Hunter was a chairman in the League of the South, which “advocates the secession and subsequent independence of the Southern States from this forced union and the formation of a Southern republic.”

This isn’t really a huge surprise; Mr. Paul has never really distanced himself from a lot of the unsavory aspects of his father’s so-called libertarian views that think laws like affirmative action and public accommodation are an infringement on the rights of the people to do whatever the hell they want and the government shouldn’t tell them who to hire or let into their restaurant.  So for all of you college kids who think that the Pauls are cool because they believe in isolationism and ending the drug war, just remember that they also are in favor of burning a few other things other than a doobie.  Say, maybe a cross on some uppity guy’s lawn, perhaps.

Mr. Paul’s defenders will no doubt bring up unsavory characters that associate themselves with progressives, like the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  Except that Rev. Wright never worked for Barack Obama and wrote a book for him, and Mr. Obama has repudiated things that the preacher said.

Another interesting point about this story is that it is from the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative publication.  Make that an Establishment conservative publication.  Perhaps this is part of the skirmish going on within the party to see who is going to lead them back to glory: the old guard or the young guns, so to speak.

One bark on “The Company You Keep

  1. He who lies down with dogs will rise up with fleas. To quote that good old boy and founding father Ben Franklin.

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