December 18, 2009
Written by Sue · Filed Under U.S.
19 Responses to “Rand Paul Aide Quits Over MySpace Racism, ‘Afro-Americans’ Have ‘KKK Radar’”
Without very thorough vetting of campaign workers these types of unpleasant surprises are almost inevitable. Then of course there is the opposition candidate’s quest to dig up just this sort of background dirt with which to smear an opponent. Finally, there is the much-used arsenal of dirty tricks that can amplify a questionable background if not wholly manufacture it. We’ll probably see a fair amount of this during the campaign season.
Why don’t you blog the whole story? The AP is carrying it.
Hightower said he has never had a personal MySpace page, and that he has been targeted in the past by people posing as him on the Internet.
“Because they don’t have any dirt on Rand Paul, they want to try to create dirt on people that work for him,” Hightower explained.
The point being that anyone can open a MySpace account and maintain a page under any name they want (even a political target) to make it seem as though the targeted person is posting offensive material.
A new spin on an old trick. This is clearly a case of manufactured muck-slinging of the lowest order.
I in fact did quote Hightower’s claim from the AP’s account: “Hightower denied that he had a MySpace page, casting himself as a victim of a political attack. Hightower said he was attacked because opponents can’t find “any dirt” on Paul.”
He may not have had a “personal” MySpace account, but it certainly appears that he once actively posted on his personal page under the MySpace account of his former band, Commander.
If in fact, all of his posted comments were fabricated by a political opponent that will all eventually come out. But for now, that doesn’t seem the case. Some of the images and comments were posted in 2006.
“If you’re trying to give a gift of dissolute, that I do not desire, who then does it belong to?” – The Monk
This whole racist webpage thing is a hoax. How better to slur Hightower than paint him as a racist. If anyone is stupid enough to believe that because it’s on the internet, it must be true, they should check out the President Obama homepage on nigg ermania.com.
A racist Republican from Kentucky? Come on that’s not real. Definitely a hoax.
Yeah, so like in 2006, folks knew Hightower was going to support Rand Paul, so they went online almost four years ago to post these messages and photos of ignorance on his band’s website, just to late frame him when he’s working for Paul. Okey dokey. Whatever you say. I declare shenanigans. How come the racists always claim they were framed up or some other distraction when the light shines on them and sends them scurrying like the roaches that they are? And forget the raciial stuff for a second, how ’bout that devil worshiping anti-Christ stuff from the sucky failed band “Commander?” Was that all planted to frame him up as well? You people are funny. Twisted, funny and sad. Poor picked on Hightower, he never sang Satan-centric, anti-Christian music either, did he? hehehehehee
Let’s see if I understand this correctly.
If I 1) create a MySpace page in the name of a political opponent’s campaign spokesman, 2) post something extremely offensive on it and 3) leak the information at a time most likely to generate the most explosive sudden firestorm of controversy that forces the campaign spokesman to resign before an adequate investigation can be conducted, then 1) my political opponent will be embarassed (all the better if he is a person less likely to engage in the same dirty politics that I do), 2) I can sanctimoniously question my political opponent’s judgment, 3) and major media will readily publish the story, not considering the possibility I might be behind the whole charade.
Sounds like a great plan! What?… Engage my political opponent in a discussion of critical national issues, as he has been doing all along? Why in the world would I want to do that when I have this great plan?!
“Darryl Schmitz on December 19th, 2009 10:36 am ”
You’re missing that this was posted THREE YEARS AGO, and that Rand’s spokesman has direct access to the account.
Seriously, I wish the US would debate some things that Ron/Rand bring up, but you’re a complete dumbfuck if you believe that this was a conspiracy. Frankly, we’re in the situation we’re in now because the people with ideas can’t keep their dick in their pants or can’t keep themselves from associating with racist douchebags.
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curious… how can you say he had access to the page? What makes you think he did? I read that it was someone who hated his rock band that did it before politics even were involved.
Also… I would argue one point… Rand’s race is not off to a rocky start. PPP poling put him up 44-25 on grayson today (after hightower too). Sounds like grayson is off to a horrible start by your standards.
sOUNDS LIKE A LIKELY DIRTY CAMPAIGN TRICK BY THE gREYSON CAMPAIGN. nOTICE THAT THERE is no evidence that Rand Paul is racist. This could easily be manufactired one way or another by the Greyson campaign. Even if any of this is true about the campaign staffer, Rand Paul showed that he makes good decisions by promptly accepting the resignation of this staffer. Let’s move on to the real issues: rAND pAUL IS THE best candidate by far regarding the issues. Why is Greyson afraid to debate Rand Paul?
Really, if it was a dirty campaign trick, why bother with a staffer? Do it to the man himself!
Doesn’t surprise me, considering how Paul thinks discrimination against someone over something as small as skin color should be an ok thing for businesses. But back on subject, how his staffers could not do a simple google search on this guy is beyond me. Or maybe they did and thought he was their kind of guy.
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