neo-Confederate http://wfpl.org en Kentucky Democrats Broil Mitch McConnell Over Rand Paul's 'Southern Avenger' Aide http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-democrats-broil-mitch-mcconnell-over-rand-pauls-southern-avenger-aide <p>The chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party is calling on Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell to condemn an aide in Senator Rand Paul's office who was once a member a neo-Confederate group.</p><p>In a story the <a href="http://freebeacon.com/rebel-yell/"><em>Washington Free Beacon</em></a> reported Paul's social media director Jack Hunter, 39, belonged to a group that advocates southern secession.</p><p>It also found that up until Hunter was hired by Paul last year, he worked as a radio shock jock dubbed the "Southern Avenger" who praised Abraham Lincoln's assassination and said a non-white majority in the country would "simply cease to be America."</p><p>The aide's comments have put <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/07/10/rand-paul-needs-to-recover-from-his-rehabilitation/">Paul's judgment for hiring him</a>—and his potential 2016 presidential candidacy—under harsh scrutiny form critics. But state Democrats took the story as a chance to take quick swipe at Paul and link McConnell to his junior Kentucky colleague.</p><p>"The shameful history of Senator Rand Paul's senior staffer is embarrassing and I call on Senator Paul to condemn him immediately," says KDP Chairman Dan Logsdon. "Unfortunately, we're seeing more and more of this bizarre extremism, not just from Senator Paul, but also from Senator Mitch McConnell, as he caters to the radical fringe of his party."</p><p>The McConnell campaign says racism has no place in politics, but stopped short of denouncing Hunter and instead pivoted to criticize Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.</p><p>"If Dan Logsdon would look up from the disaster that is Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign long enough to notice, he would see that Rand Paul has done more to reach out to African American and Hispanic communities in the past six months than Logsdon has done his entire career," says McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton. "We would hope everyone agrees that racism has no place in politics, which is why it was particularly disappointing that Secretary Grimes failed to condemn a liberal Super PAC’s racist tweets targeting Senator McConnell's wife." Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:30:24 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6070 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Democrats Broil Mitch McConnell Over Rand Paul's '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