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Ron Paul, well known as a physician, congressman and libertarian , has also been a businessman who pursued a marketing strategy that included publishing provocative, racially charged newsletters to make money and spread his ideas, according to three people with direct knowledge of Paul’s businesses.
The Republican presidential candidate has denied writing inflammatory passages in the pamphlets from the 1990s and said recently that he did not read them at the time or for years afterward. Numerous colleagues said he does not hold racist views.
But people close to Paul’s operations said he was deeply involved in the company that produced the newsletters, Ron Paul & Associates, and closely monitored its operations, signing off on articles and speaking to staff members virtually every day.
“It was his newsletter, and it was under his name, so he always got to see the final product. . . . He would proof it,’’ said Renae Hathway, a former secretary in Paul’s company and a supporter of the Texas congressman.Multiple marriages? The American public might forgive you.
Being amazingly rich and paying (legally) a low tax rate? The American public might forgive you.
Being a devout Catholic with corresponding social and moral views? The American public will at minimum admire you for your convictions.
Being a racist? Uh...no.
Of course, Rep. Paul is allowed to explain his side of the story. And reporters will dog him for answers throughout the final days leading up to the Florida Primary and beyond.