A high-ranking aide to Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has resigned in the wake of public attention to his past pro-Confederate views and public statements.
Jack Hunter, who co-wrote Paul's book and served as a social media director, has left Paul's office, a GOP source familiar with the situation confirmed. Hunter first outlined his decision in an email to the Daily Caller.
Hunter was a South Carolina radio host who sometimes used the nickname "Southern Avenger."
"I've long been a conservative, and years ago, a much more politically incorrect (and campy) one," Hunter said in the 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."
Rand Paul stood by Hunter after the comments were first published by the Washington Free Beacon.
"Although Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth's heart was in the right place, the Southern Avenger does regret that Lincoln's murder automatically turned him into a martyr," Hunter said in 2004, according to the Free Beacon.
This story was originally published on Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:37 AM EDT