Earlier: New piece just posted at rightwing Washington Free Beacon site, written by Alana Goodman, exposing aide to Rand Paul (and co-author of his Tea Party book) as "neo-Confederate" secessionist and more. Photo left. His aptly named "Southern Avenger" site here. His "John Wilkes Booth Was Right" column here. And revealing that he drinks a "toast' to Booth every year on his birthday.
Goodman: "A close aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) who co-wrote the senator’s 2011 book spent years working as a pro-secessionist radio pundit and neo-Confederate activist, raising questions about whether Paul will be able to transcend the same fringe-figure associations that dogged his father’s political career."
Paul hired Jack Hunter, 39, to help write his book The Tea Party Goes to Washington during his 2010 Senate run. Hunter joined Paul’s office as his social media director in August 2012.
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 racial pride and Hispanic immigration, and stated his support for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
During public appearances, Hunter often wore a mask on which was printed a Confederate flag.