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Former aide says Ron Paul is “personally uncomfortable” around gay people

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It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Ron Paul, what with his absurdly racist and homophobic newsletters from the early '90s going public. Well, it doesn't look like it's going to get any better. A former aide to the presidential hopeful is adding to the pile-up, writing a post on a right-wing blog defending the representative as not a racist, but pretty definitely a homophobe.

In his piece, Eric Dondero helpfully explains that Paul is not at all racist, and has even "hired blacks for his office staff" as well has "many Hispanics." However, Dondero adds the following:

"Ron is far from being the hippest guy around. He is completely clueless when it comes to Hispanic and Black culture, particularly Mexican-American culture. And he is most certainly intolerant of Spanish and those who speak strictly Spanish in his presence, (as are a number of Americans, nothing out of the ordinary here.)"

Um, helping or hurting? After the whole race thing is cleared up, Dondero goes on to defend Paul as a supporter of equal rights for gays, but "personally uncomfortable" around them. So much so that the representative once demanded Dondero find an excuse for him to leave a gay supporter's home so he could use the restroom in a nearby fast food restaurant instead. He also once refused to shake hands with a different gay campaign supporter, and reportedly "swatted his hand away."

The intended takeaway here is a little unclear. Dondero's purported point is that all this personal mumbo jumbo isn't nearly as big a problem as Paul's questionable foreign policy stances. However, personal testimony calling Paul racially "clueless" and an apparent believer in the existence of gay cooties seems pretty clearly damning. Maybe the question shouldn't be which glaring problem with Paul's candidacy to focus on first, but if there's anything left to actually like about him?