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Published On: Mon, Jul 22nd, 2013

Jack Hunter steps down as Rand Paul aide, the ‘Southern Avenger’ character to be retired

After nearly two weeks of harsh criticism after the  Washington Free Beacon report by Alana Goodman portrayed the man as a pro-Southern secessionist, aide to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Jack Hunter resigned from his position in the Senator’s office saying, “the moment I became a distraction for Sen. Paul, I knew it was time to leave. My purpose has always been to help, not hinder.”

Jack Hunter Image/Video Screen Shot

Jack Hunter
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“The Southern Avenger”, Jack Hunter, who started working for Paul in 2010, told the Daily Caller that was leaving to clear his name, and to ensure the charges of racism against him wouldn’t be a distraction in Paul’s office.

“I’ve long been a conservative, and years ago, a much more politically incorrect (and campy) one,” Hunter said in an email.

“But there’s a significant difference between being politically incorrect and racist. I’ve also become far more libertarian over the years, a philosophy that encourages a more tolerant worldview, through the lens of which I now look back on some of my older comments with embarrassment.”

After the Goodman report was published, an onslaught of critics from the left and right attacked Hunter and questioned Paul’s hiring of the social media director.

Hunter had made a number of provocative comments about race and was also a member of the pro-Southern independence group League of the South before he started working for Paul.

Hunter had previously written articles praising John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Abraham Lincoln, and acknowledged that he toasts Booth’s birthday annually.

Hunter isn’t denying writing the columns in question, but he does say the coverage doesn’t represent the full body of his writing.

“The stories made me angry, as well as many who’ve followed my work, because the cherry-picked distortions weren’t even remotely the real me,” he said. “It was enraging to watch neoconservatives, liberals and even some actual racists speculate about what I believe, based on what they were eager to portray me as believing. Not surprisingly, their speculations almost always suited their own political purposes.”

Now as he once ditched the mask, he will also discard the Southern Avenger name.

“I also wanted the ability to defend myself in my own voice, not as a member of anyone’s staff or even as the ‘Southern Avenger’ character, which has now been so mischaracterized that I will permanently retire that moniker,” Hunter said.

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