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Ron Paul "Signed Off" On Controversial Newsletters



It appears that the kindly Congressman from Texas hasn't been telling the truth:
Ron Paul, well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian , has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged newsletters to make money and spread his ideas, according to three people with direct knowledge of Paul’s businesses.

The Republican presidential candidate has denied writing inflammatory passages in the pamphlets from the 1990s and said recently that he did not read them at the time or for years afterward. Numerous colleagues said he does not hold racist views.

But people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the newsletters, Ron Paul & Associates, and closely monitored its operations, signing off on articles and speaking to staff members virtually every day.

“It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product. . . . He would proof it,’’ said Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Paul’s company and a supporter of the Texas congressman.
Heretofore, Ron Paul has maintained that he didn't have editorial control of the newsletters in question (for the long backstory, check out James Kirchick's 2008 article at The New Republic), and that the controversial material had been written by a 'ghost-writer'.

Over at OTB, Doug responds to the newest chapter in this saga:
One of the reasons that Paul gets a break on some of this stuff, is simply because of his steadfastness on issues of principles. I can certainly understand that, but at some point one has to stand up and denounce something that’s wrong, and Paul not only didn’t do that in the 1990s, he apparently consciously decided to appeal to it in order to make his business more profitable. Far be it from me to deny someone the right to make a profit, but when you do it by pandering to base racial hatreds you’ve got some questions to answer for it. Whether one believes in those ideas or not, providing voice to them is a tacit endorsement, especially if one if a former Congressman and Presidential candidate.
My emphasis.

This latest revelation will likely have very little, if any affect on his most ardent supporters. They are the 'true believers' who think that the political establishment is trying to silence their candidate-of-choice.

BUT, I think that cumulative effect of this story has single-handedly ruined Ron Paul's chances of higher office. He could still act as something of a kingmaker if the GOP primary goes to a brokered convention (which it won't), but any thoughts of a cabinet position -- much less a VP consideration -- are long gone.

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