Rand Paul aide's past as 'Southern Avenger'
July 9th, 2013
02:09 PM ET
9 months ago

Rand Paul aide's past as 'Southern Avenger'

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul's new media director, who also helped the Kentucky Republican write a 2011 book, has a past as a pro-Southern secessionist assuming a "Southern Avenger" persona while hosting a radio show.

Jack Hunter, who has made a number of provocative comments about race, was also a member of the pro-Southern independence group League of the South before he came to work for Paul.

"Sen. Paul holds his staff to a standard that includes treating every individual with equal protection and respect, without exception," Paul's communication's director Moira Bagley said in response to the inquiries Tuesday. Hunter's past associations were reported by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative publication.

The website noted articles written by Hunter praising John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, and an item in which Hunter writes that he toasts Booth's birthday annually.

The character "Southern Avenger," which Hunter describes on his website as an "anonymous super hero/ pro-wrestler persona," wears a mask printed with the Confederate flag.

In articles unearthed by the Free Beacon, Hunter writes at length about racial identity, ascertaining what he says is a "double standard" between white and black Americans.

"Not only are whites not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity – but anything that is considered 'too white' is immediately suspect," Hunter wrote in 2004. "The term 'diversity' has become nothing more than a code word for 'not white,' and it's a shame that just because we have fair skin, we are always denied fair treatment."

The Free Beacon's article notes that in an interview, Hunter said he no longer holds many of his past views.

Paul, who is considering a bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, has spent much of his trips to early voting states this year encouraging a more welcoming attitude among Republicans. He told a crowd of New Hampshire GOP activists the party needs to "grow bigger."

"If you want to be the party of white people, we're winning all the white votes. We're a diverse nation. We're going to win when we look like America," he said in May.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Hunter's past associations were reported by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative publication.
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    Let the fright wing's civil war begin. Don't say anything to distract them. Please, pass the popcorn.

    July 9, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Warren

    He and Rand should get along great then.Let them bring in the rest of the nuts too.

    July 9, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Apparently, when it comes to Randroid and Rondroid, the hood doesn't fall far from the head.

    July 9, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. scarf

    This November, i'll celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sherman's March to the Sea. Maybe Hunter will want to join me in a celebration of "white cultural identity."

    July 9, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. Frank FL

    Jack Hunter has produced some very intellegiant and insightful political commentary over the years. He is a believer is an individualist free society which is incompatible with hateful collectivism such as racist beliefs.

    Maybe listen to some of his recent lectures instead of labeling him a racist based on the wrestling mask a fictional character he created is wearing before passing judgement.

    July 9, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  6. Revolution

    Rand Paul is American as it gets. Rudy NYC is as brainwashed as u get

    July 9, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Rand Paul/Paula Dean 2016

    July 9, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. California Gary

    Please proceed Mr. Rand and Mr. Hunter..........

    July 9, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Warren

    "Revolution" your kidding correct?

    July 9, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. RWB1956

    Sorry, but you can't change history where you are now the victim. You've been listening to Glenn Beck and others way too much. When have you been denied anything because of the color of your skin. When have you been told you can't live here because you are white? When have you been told that you could not work somewhere because some of the employees don't want to work with a "white person"? Affirmative Action was never a free ride, it was to get your foot in the door so maybe just maybe you'd have a fair chance. You don't know the meaning of being discriminated against Mr. Hunter. Boo-hoo.

    July 9, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Sounds to me, he is describing truth.

    July 9, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. MaryM

    Rand Paul and Jack Hunter are two pea in a pod. They both believe in the same things.

    July 9, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Tony

    Any man who support segregation like rand paul does will have a clans man by his side they deserve each other. what's new when it comes to rethuglikkklans

    July 9, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. sonny chapman

    There are a lot of "Adults" out there who are still stuck in their Little Boy Fantasy World. They say things like,"Bring It On","Dead or Alive", "Mission Accomplished","Gonna Smoke 'em Out", "I Want Justice". Let's just don't put them in Positions of Power where they can really screw things up.

    July 9, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. rs

    Republicans- Too stupid to realize the Civil War settled the state's rights and seccession question once and for all. These people are pathetic.

    July 9, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  16. Tony in Maine

    ...and they say the KGC is a thing of the past. Silly people.

    July 9, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. EDDIE

    Oh,the KKK.

    July 9, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. George's Kel-Tec

    That's what I love most about liberals – tolerance for an opposing point of view.

    July 9, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. w l jones

    Some people should talk to some real old Colord women about who is or who isn?t in this country when come to { t}ace.

    July 9, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. smith

    This guy is whack but most of you libs are nothing more than reverse racists hiding behing a stupid race card.

    July 9, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Of course, CNN doesn't mention that he was a member of 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.” He was even the groups Chairman for the Charleston NC chapter.

    July 9, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  22. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    I see Bland Paul the squirrel-haired nutcase is at it again. He really thinks that all this talk about diversity is going to hide is parties outright bigotry? He's completely stupid. He WILL NOT win in 2016. Give it up already.

    July 9, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  23. Steveo

    @Sniffit

    Apparently, when it comes to Randroid and Rondroid, the hood doesn't fall far from the head
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    Really Sniffit? Did you not embrace the late Sen. Robert Byrd. His hood was real, You are making up the hood for Rand and all because you just don't like his politics. You have every right not too BUT do you have the right to gloss over your own party? I guess you do BUT not without a loss of credibility!

    Racial double standard? In certain cases true. Rappers use the N-word and make millions, others use it and simply make the news. Oh btw, I am a black man!

    The article says Hunter no longer held many of his past views. We heard the same about Byrd. Again, who did you embrace? Who did your party embrace?

    July 9, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -Steveo

    @Sniffit

    Apparently, when it comes to Randroid and Rondroid, the hood doesn't fall far from the head
    ----
    Really Sniffit? Did you not embrace the late Sen. Robert Byrd. His hood was real, You are making up the hood for Rand and all because you just don't like his politics. You have every right not too BUT do you have the right to gloss over your own party? I guess you do BUT not without a loss of credibility!

    Racial double standard? In certain cases true. Rappers use the N-word and make millions, others use it and simply make the news. Oh btw, I am a black man!

    The article says Hunter no longer held many of his past views. We heard the same about Byrd. Again, who did you embrace? Who did your party embrace?
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    Does it not strike you as odd, and perhaps convenient, that Hunter's views " changed" when he went from be a fringe radio personality to a position of actual responsibility? Byrd changed as much of the country changed, so his evolution on racial issues is a little more plausible. Hunter was a nobody until he went to work for Paul: the question really should be, why would Paul feel confortable having a person with a controversial past on his staff unless he was confortable with those views on some level?

    July 9, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. travbo2008

    to RS
    "Republicans- Too stupid to realize the Civil War settled the state's rights and seccession question once and for all. These people are pathetic."
    hmmm....really? I guess gay marriage, marijuana legalization, and health care are all issues you would consider settled as well?
    The civil war didn't settle anything other than the issue of Slavery. Society and those alive during the civil war decided that our country would no longer depend on slavery as a division of labor and power. Democrats and Republicans alike want to create an illusion that the civil war was either strictly about "Slavery" or strictly about "State's Rights". The truth is that the civil war was about a mix of issues including but not limited to : slavery, state's rights, industrial vs. agricultural, etc. Secession is an inherent right of any populace. How does one forget so easily when Independence Day just passed?

    July 9, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
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