Former Ron Paul staffer Eric Dondero told the Spokane Conservative Examiner he felt “totally vindicated” after the Texas Congressman admitted Thursday he wrote part of the newsletters that have caused so much controversy.
“This is complete vindication of everything I’ve said,” he told Examiner in a joint interview with Mike Michaels of Redstate.
Dondero, editor of the Libertarian Republican, told the Spokane Conservative Examiner last week that Paul was “obsessed with the newsletters.”
“He’s completely telling falsehoods about the newsletters – they were his babies,” Dondero said.
Paul and his campaign have repeatedly said he did not write the newsletters and was unaware of their content for years after they were published.
When asked about it after the recent Sioux City debate, he told Fox New’s Sean Hannity he did not write the newsletters, and disavowed the statements attributed to them.
He told CNN’s Gloria Borger he “never read that stuff.”
“I was probably aware of it ten years after it was written and it’s been going on 20 years that people have pestered me about this and CNN does it every single time,” he added.
The Christian Science Monitor reported Thursday:
The Houston Chronicle Tuesday quoted Paul campaign chairman Jesse Benton saying that the newsletters were written by a ghostwriter in Paul’s name. Mr. Benton acknowledged the point made by many critics of the candidate: that Paul “should have better policed” the newsletters that went out under his name.
Now, Paul says that yes, he did write some of the material, but the “bad stuff” only amounted to about “eight or ten sentences.”
According to CBS, James Kirchik told Talking Points Memo:
“Ron Paul’s characterization of the newsletters as only containing ‘eight to ten sentences’ that can be characterized as ‘offending’ is preposterous,” he told the publication. “As anyone can see from the scans of the newsletters available on the TNR website or posted elsewhere, the documents contain pages upon pages of bigoted statements and outright paranoia.”
Paul’s ever-changing statements do not seem to be winning many converts outside of the more militant supporters who hang on every word he utters.
An article at nj.com, for example, notes:
It defies credulity that Paul doesn’t know who wrote the nasty content of a newsletter bearing his name, as he now claims.
The National Journal adds:
If Ron Paul is so libertarian that he won’t even police people who use his name, if his movement is filled with incompetents and opportunists, then what kind of a president would he make? Would he even check in to see if his ideas are being implemented? Who would he appoint to Cabinet positions?
Dondero, who takes credit for much of the media coverage he said forced Paul to make the admission, is uncertain if the controversy will impact the outcome of the Iowa caucus.
“Watch the polls,” he said. “If he starts to slump, we’ll know.”
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