Faced with contradictory evidence from his bile-filled newsletters and his more benign public statements, voters are faced with a difficult question: Is Ron Paul a closet bigot or just a particularly unscrupulous prostitute/wily politician, willing to take money from the worst dregs of society without attending to their needs?
One arbiter of the dispute is Eric Dondero, a former staffer who worked with Ron Paul from 1987 to 2003 and argues that, though Paul's views are substantively misguided, he is neither a racist, nor an anti-Semite, nor a homophobe. Fair warning, reading Dondero defend Paul's character is kind of like watching a monkey fly an airplane. It's hilarious, yes, but you know immediately that it's not going to end well…
Is Ron Paul a homo-phobe? Well, yes and no. He is not all bigoted towards homosexuals…
Jim Peron [a Ron Paul supporter] was what you would call very openly Gay. But Ron thought the world of him… We used Jim's home/office as a "base." Ron pulled me aside the first time we went there, and specifically instructed me to find an excuse to excuse him to a local fast food restaurant so that he could use the bathroom. He told me very clearly, that although he liked Jim, he did not wish to use his bathroom facilities.
How quirky! But you can never be too careful, lest The Gay be transmitted, not through shared bathroom facilities, but by people who invade Paul's personal sovereign space with an extended hand…
"Bobby," a well-known and rather flamboyant and well-liked gay man in Freeport came to the BBQ. Let me stress Ron likes Bobby personally, and Bobby was a hardcore campaign supporter. But after his speech, at the Surfside pavilion Bobby came up to Ron with his hand extended, and according to my fellow staffer, Ron literally swatted his hand away.
On the bright side, "there were a few Jews in our congressional district, and Ron befriended them," so checkmate, Paul skeptics.
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