A former staff member for U.S. Rep. Ron Paul says the congressman and candidate for the GOP nomination to be president wishes Israel didn’t exist.
“Is Ron Paul an anti-Semite? Absolutely no. As a Jew, (half on my mother’s side), I can categorically say that I never heard anything out of his mouth, in hundreds of speeches I listened too (sic) over the years, or in my personal presence that could be called, ‘anti-Semite.’ No slurs. No derogatory remarks,” wrote onetime congressional staffer Eric Dondero in a commentary posted on the RightWingNews.com site.
“He is however, most certainly anti-Israel, and anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs,” Dondero wrote.
WND did not get a response from a message left with the Ron Paul campaign but did find a history of discord between the two men referenced online.
In a submission posted in 2007 on the Reason.com blog, Paul noted when asked about Dondero’s challenge to him for the U.S. House seat in 2008 that he is a “disgruntled former employee who was fired.”
Dondero told WND that he never launched a concerted effort for Ron Paul’s seat because another opponent stepped up, and Dondero eventually supported him. He described his effort as a stalking horse for the race.
Dondero now writes as the Libertarian Republican online.
Dondero told WND that the biggest concern for Paul as a president candidate is his foreign policy perspectives.
Dondero, who says he was Paul’s senior aide from 1997-2003, the campaign coordinator for Ron Paul for Congress in 1995-1996, the national organizer for Draft Ron Paul for President 1991-1992, and personal assistant in 1987-1988, explained he’s been sought by members of the media for his comments on Ron Paul.
“I’ve noticed in some media that my words have been twisted and used for an agenda from both sides. And I wish to set the record straight with media that I trust and know will get the story right: conservative.libertarian-conservative bloggers.”
He ticks off the issues one at a time:
- “Is Ron Paul a ‘racist.’ In short, No. I worked for the man for 12 years, pretty consistently. I never heard a racist word expressed towards blacks or Jews come out of his mouth. Not once. And understand, I was his close personal assistant. It’s safe to say that I was with him on the campaign trail more than any other individual, whether it be traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska or Boston, Massachusetts in the presidential race, or across the congressional district to San Antonio or Corpus Christi, Texas.”
- “Is Ron Paul a homophobe? Well, yes and no. He is not all bigoted towards homosexuals. He supports their rights to do whatever they please in their private lives. He is however, personally uncomfortable around homosexuals, no different from a lot of older folks of his era.”
He did cite two “incidents” in which Paul appeared uncomfortable in close association with homosexuals.
“I would not categorize that as ‘homophobic,’ but rather just unsettled by being around gays personally.”
- “Again, American Jews, Ron Paul has no problem with. In fact, there were a few Jews in our congressional district, and Ron befriended them with the specific intent of winning their support for our campaign. (One synagogue in Victoria, and tiny one in Wharton headed by a well-known Jewish lawyer).”
“Let me make a couple observations. The liberal media is ferociously attacking Ron this morning, on everything from the newsletters to his various PACs. I’m amused at how off-base they all are. If they are looking for something that went unexplained after many years, it’s the Nadia Hayes incident from the end of the presidential campaign in 1988. I personally am still a little ticked off by this, and surprised that nobody has ever followed up on it. In brief, Nadia was Ron’s longtime business/campaign manager in the 1980s. On the very last day of the presidential campaign, attorneys, accountants, and even Nassau Bay police dept. investigation officials stormed into our campaign office, sealed everything off, rushed us campaign staffers into the storeroom (literally), and for hours on end ruffled through the entire campaign records, file cabinets, and other papers,” he wrote.
“We were greatly surprised by this. Nadia was eventually convicted of embezzlement and went to jail for 6 months, plus had to pay $140,000 in restitution to Ron,” he reported.
He said his concern rests with Paul’s foreign policy.
“Ron Paul is most assuredly an isolationist. He denies this charge vociferously. But I can tell you straight out, I had countless arguments/discussions with him over his personal views. For example, he strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII. He expressed to me countless times, that ‘saving the Jews,’ was absolutely none of our business. When pressed, he often times brings up conspiracy theories like FDR knew about the attacks of Pearl Harbor weeks before hand, or that WWII was just ‘blowback,’ for Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy errors, and such,” he wrote.
He also said Paul opposed the warn in Afghanistan.
“He did not want to vote for the resolution. He immediately stated to us staffers, me in particular, that Bush/Cheney were going to use the attacks as a precursor for ‘invading’ Iraq. He engaged in conspiracy theories including perhaps the attacks were coordinated with the CIA, and that the Bush administration might have known about the attacks ahead of time. He expressed no sympathies whatsoever for those who died on 9/11, and pretty much forbade us staffers from engaging in any sort of memorial expressions, or openly asserting pro-military statements in support of the Bush administration,” he said.
“On the eve of the vote, Ron Paul was still telling us staffers that he was planning to vote ‘No,’ on the resolution, and to be prepared for a seriously negative reaction in the district. Jackie Gloor and I, along with quiet nods of agreement from the other staffers in the cistrict, declared our intentions to Tom Lizardo, our chief of staff, and to each other, that if Ron voted No, we would immediately resign,” he said.