The Ron Paul campaign has dismissed recent claims that their candidate is racist and anti-Israel, based in decades old newsletters and a personal account by a former senior aide.
Reuters recently uncovered newsletters published in 1993 under Ron Paul’s name that warned of a “coming race war" and a "federal-homosexual cover-up" for the impact of AIDS.
Paul spokesman Jesse Benton responded Friday in an email to Reuters, saying, "Dr. Paul did not write that solicitation. It does not reflect his thoughts and is out of step with the message he has espoused for 40 years.”
Benton added that "there were multiple ghost writers involved and he does not know who penned the particular offensive sections.”
"Ultimately, because the writing appeared under his name and he should have better policed it, Dr. Paul has assumed responsibility, apologized for his lack of oversight, and disavowed the offensive material," Benton wrote.
Eric Dondero, a senior staffer who worked for the Texas congressman for over 12 years, said Monday that the candidate is anti-Israel, not anti-Semitic.
In a post on Right Wing News, Dondero wrote, “Is Ron Paul an Anti-Semite? Absolutely No. As a Jew, (half on my mother’s side), I can categorically say that I never heard anything out of his mouth, in hundreds of speeches I listened too over the years, or in my personal presence that could be called, ‘Anti-Semite.’”
“He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general,” continued Dondero. “He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all.”
“His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.”
This position runs counter to that expressed by Paul in an interview with Newsmax in December. “We should be their friend and their trading partner,” Paul said of Israel. “They are a democracy and we share many values with them.”
Responding to Dondero’s column, Benton said, "Eric Dondero is a disgruntled former staffer who was fired for performance issues."
"He has zero credibility and should not be taken seriously," Benton added.
Although originally viewed as a long shot to win the Republican nomination, Paul has lead recent polls in Iowa, where the election’s first caucuses will be held on January 3.
J-Connection: Longtime Ron Paul aide Eric Dondero claims to be Jewish through his mother.