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Rand Paul Aide's Former Editor Says 'Southern Avenger' Tried to Get Columns Deleted

3:38 PM, Jul 18, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Jack Hunter, a top aide to Kentucky senator Rand Paul who is known by the moniker "Southern Avenger," asked a former editor to delete "dozens" of his columns, according to a blog post by that editor.

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Chris Haire, who references the Washington Free Beacon story that revealed Hunter's past neo-Confederate statements and columns, said that some time before the Beacon story was published, Hunter contacted him and asked him to remove several of his columns from the Charleston City Paper's website. Here's Haire:

While I told him that I would have removed one or two posts — it’s not uncommon for writers to hastily pen a column they later regret — I found the breadth of the request to be excessive, and to be honest, quite cowardly. Doing so, I told Jack, was a repudiation of the very persona he had created as a writer and radio personality. It was a denial of the very views that had made him a local media celebrity and a rising star in the so-called liberty movement, and as such, a slap in the face to all those who had ever supported him. It was best, I said, that if those points of views no longer applied to him, Jack should pen a column detailing how he had changed his mind, but he declined. And frankly, that told me all I needed to know about Jack’s conversion. It was solely for appearances only. It was not heartfelt. It was not true. It was simply to protect his boss, Rand Paul, as he plots a path to the White House in 2016. 

After reading Jack’s statement about last Wednesday’s controversy du jour — the one that let the rest of the U.S. know that a neo-Confederate secessionist was part of Sen. Paul’s inner circle — I still haven’t changed my mind. In his statement, Jack — much like Rand himself — tends to treat the damaging information as something akin to a youthful indiscretion, a one-time accident, or as something that was nothing more than an over-the-top personality that he had created while he was a member of the 96 Wave crew and had long-since abandoned. Rubbish. The Jack Hunter of the Charleston City Paper years was every bit as radical as the Jack Hunter of 96 Wave.

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