Jack Hunter http://wfpl.org en Senator Rand Paul Defends 'Southern Avenger' Aide http://wfpl.org/post/senator-rand-paul-defends-southern-avenger-aide <p>U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is standing by an aide who was criticized for his past affiliation with a neo-Confederate group, saying 39-year-old Jack Hunter is an "incredibly talented" part of his staff.</p><p>For most of this week Hunter has been under intense scrutiny for once belong to the League of the South, which advocated for secession.</p><p>He also worked as a radio shock jock dubbed the "Southern Avenger," who worse a Confederate flag mask and bemoaned America's growing non-white majority.</p><p>Hunter has since said he has renounced most of his views, but several analysts and critics called on Paul to fire the aide in order to maintain credibility as a potential presidential candidate.</p><p>In an interview with Huffington Post, however, Paul rejected those suggestions saying he opposed Hunter's past views but that his aide has never treated anyone unfairly.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/11/rand-paul_n_3577196.html">The Huffington Post</a>:</p><blockquote><p>"People are calling him a white supremacist," Paul told me in his Senate office. “If I thought he was a white supremacist, he would be fired immediately. If I thought he would treat anybody on the color of their skin different than others, I’d fire him immediately." Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:55:01 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6090 at http://wfpl.org Senator Rand Paul Defends 'Southern Avenger' Aide Rand Paul Aide/Co-Author Once Belonged to Neo-Confederate Group http://wfpl.org/post/rand-paul-aideco-author-once-belonged-neo-confederate-group <p>An aide to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., is under scrutiny after reports surfaced that he spent over a decade as a neo-Confederate activist who led a group that advocates for southern secession from the union.</p><p>And the news could damper Paul's attempts to court minorities ahead of his rumored 2016 presidential bid.</p><p>Jack Hunter currently serves as Paul's social media director and co-wrote the book 'The Tea Party Goes to Washington" with the senator in 2010.</p><p>A conservative news site reveals Hunter was a member and chapter leader of a group called the League of the South, which advocates the southern states separate from the U.S. to form their own republic.</p><p>Hunter also worked as a radio show host who used the alter ego "Southern Avenger," wearing a Confederate flag mask. As the character, Hunter would opine on a number of issues such as celebrating the death of Abraham Lincoln and speaking against Spanish-speaking immigration.</p><p>From <a href="http://freebeacon.com/rebel-yell/"><em>The Washington Free Beacon</em></a>:</p><blockquote><p>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 <a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20071104065513/http://www.southernavenger.com/82/?form_58.userid=4&amp;form_58.replyids=87">racial pride</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20071104084926/http://www.southernavenger.com/82/?form_58.userid=4&amp;form_58.replyids=84">Hispanic immigration</a>,&nbsp;and stated his support for the&nbsp;<a href="http://web.archive.org/web/20071104065842/http://www.southernavenger.com/82/?form_58.userid=4&amp;form_58.replyids=25">assassination of&nbsp;President Abraham Lincoln</a>.</p><p>(SNIP)</p><p>“The League of the South is an implicitly racist group in that the idealized version of the South that they promote is one which, to use their ideology, is dominated by ‘Anglo-Celtic’ culture, which is their code word for ‘white’,” said&nbsp;Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research at the ADL. The ADL said it does not necessarily classify it as a hate group. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 16:55:43 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6053 at http://wfpl.org Rand Paul Aide/Co-Author Once Belonged to Neo-Confederate Group