'Southern Avenger' Leaves Rand Paul's Staff
Jack Hunter will return to punditry
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2013 2:08 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Southern Avenger rides alone once more. Jack Hunter has left Rand Paul's employ amidst a firestorm of controversy about his past as a Confederate flag-wearing secessionist shock jock and columnist. Hunter first broke the news to his friend W. James Antle III at the Daily Caller. "I've long been a conservative, and years ago, a much more politically incorrect (and campy) one," Hunter said. "But there's a significant difference between being politically incorrect and racist." He intends to return to punditry.

Paul had previously stuck by Hunter. "I think the things he said about John Wilkes Booth are absolutely stupid," he told the Huffington Post two weeks ago. But "if I thought he was a white supremacist, he would be fired immediately." Instead it seems he's been fired slowly. Paul today said he and Hunter had come to a "mutual decision" that he should leave. "I think everybody occasionally has people that work for them who sometimes have a background that damages what you’re trying to do," Paul explained, according to CN|2.

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right2dave
Jul 23, 2013 5:26 AM CDT
Never heard of him?
extremenewsjunkie
Jul 22, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
So, when will we see Mr. Hunter on Fox News?
crafter67
Jul 22, 2013 2:41 PM CDT
"I think everybody occasionally has people that work for them who sometimes have a background that damages what you’re trying to do," Paul explained. And usually if those people have a public persona - say, as a shock jock - they are weeded out BEFORE they are offered employment NOT after someone in the media points out their shady past.