Ron Paul: Ghost Writers Penned Racist Ad, Newsletters

He should have policed mysterious writers, campaign admits
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2011 9:10 AM CST
Ron Paul: Ghost Writers Penned Racist Ad, Newsletters
Ron Paul speaks during a campaign stop in Fort Madison, Iowa, earlier this week.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Mysterious "ghost writers" have suddenly popped up in Ron Paul's explanation for racist and anti-gay comments in an investment newsletter and a direct-mail ad that have landed him in the hottest water of his campaign. "Dr. Paul did not write" the ad—which was signed by him—promoting his newsletters, that warned of a "coming race war," and a "federal-homosexual cover-up" concerning AIDS, campaign spokesman Jesse Benton tells Reuters.

"It does not reflect his thoughts and is out of step with the message he has espoused for 40 years," Benton added. "There were multiple ghost writers involved, and he does not know who penned the particular offensive sections. 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." The direct-mail letter was sent in 1993 when Paul was again working as a doctor after having served in Congress for nearly a decade. He returned to the House in 1997. It's not likely his latest explanation will calm the uproar over the comments. "Ron Paul would have us believe that this newsletter and a direct-mail solicitation for it went out under his signature, yet he knew nothing about it. That is not credible," said University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato. "Or is it that Paul can't control his own staff? Not exactly a qualification for the presidency." (Read more Ron Paul stories.)

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