As Rand Paul’s national profile continues to rise, one question has dogged the Republican senator from Kentucky: Is he is father’s son, ideologically speaking, or his own man? Or, to put it more bluntly, how far has the apple fallen from the extremist tree?
There are two probable answers. Perhaps Rand is indeed an independent thinker who, while sharing the broad, small government and non-interventionist leanings of his dad, is not a crank. Or, Rand is indeed a crank, yet one whose ambitions outweigh his ideological convictions. In other words, Rand knows that, in order to succeed on the national stage—he is widely expected to make a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016—he can’t let his freak flag fly.
Since Rand’s emergence on the national stage several years ago, I’ve been inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt. But in light of a blockbuster report by Alana Goodman of the Washington Free Beacon, I now lean more toward the latter. Goodman reports that one of the senator’s closest aides and the co-author of a 2011 book, Jack Hunter, spent years as a neo-Confederate activist and radio host. From 1999 until last year, Goodman reports, Hunter was the host of a South Carolina radio program whose alter ego was “The Southern Avenger.” Hunter, who would sport a Stars-and-Bars mask during public appearances, praised John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln—whom he compared to Saddam Hussein. Earlier, Hunter had been a leader in the League of the South, a secessionist organization.
Former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici told the Journal on Tuesday he fathered a son outside of his marriage over 30 years ago, revealing a secret kept for decades.
Statements given to the Journal by Domenici and the son’s mother, Michelle Laxalt of Alexandria, Va., identified the son as Adam Paul Laxalt, a Nevada lawyer. Michelle Laxalt formerly was a prominent government relations consultant and television political commentator in Washington, D.C. She is a daughter of former U.S. senator and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt.
“More than 30 years ago, I fathered a child outside of my marriage,” Domenici said in his statement.
“The mother of that child made me pledge that we would never reveal that parenthood, and I have tried to honor that pledge and so has she,” Domenici said.
I don’t have much respect for that pledge, given that he only told his wife ‘several months’ ago, and his eight other children were denied knowledge of a half brother. Also, Domenici made a rather big deal over Clinton’s dishonesty, which makes Domenici a first-class hypocrite.
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I’m trying to wrap my brain around Domenici and daughter of another gop senator. Translation: NOTHING surprises me anymore in politics
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) February 20, 2013
Bangladesh police have charged Tareque Rahman, the son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, with planning a 2004 grenade attack on an opposition political rally that killed 24 people.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who at the time was the Awami League leader, was injured in the blast along with hundreds of others.
Police filed charges against Rahman and several others late Sunday in a Dhaka court, accusing them of the attack on an Awami League rally in August 2004. Among those charged were former lawmakers with Ms. Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party.