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Former Aide: Ron Paul 'Personally Uncomfortable' Sharing Bathroom Facilities and Shaking Hands with Gays


Eric Dondero, a former Senior Aide and Campaign Organizer for Ron Paul offers his view of the candidate's alleged racism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia that has been brought to light by media via his old newsletters.

DonderoDondero says Paul is not a racist, nor an anti-Semite, though he disagrees with the state of Israel. He calls Paul "out of touch" with Black and Latino culture. As for Paul's homophobia?

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.

Dondero offers two stories. The first is one that involved him directly:

In 1988, Ron had a hardcore Libertarian supporter, Jim Peron, Owner of Laissez Faire Books in San Francisco. Jim set up a magnificent 3-day campaign swing for us in the SF Bay Area. Jim was what you would call very openly Gay. But Ron thought the world of him. For 3 days we had a great time trouncing from one campaign event to another with Jim’s Gay lover. The atmosphere was simply jovial between the four of us. (As an aside we also met former Cong. Pete McCloskey during this campaign trip.) We used Jim’s home/office as a “base.” Ron pulled me aside the first time we went there, and specifically instructed me to find an excuse to excuse him to a local fast food restaurant so that he could use the bathroom. He told me very clearly, that although he liked Jim, he did not wish to use his bathroom facilities. I chided him a bit, but he sternly reacted, as he often did to me, Eric, just do what I say. Perhaps “sternly” is an understatement. Ron looked at me directly, and with a very angry look in his eye, and shouted under his breath: “Just do what I say NOW.”

The second involved two other staffers and may have caused one of them to resign:

“Bobby,” a well-known and rather flamboyant and well-liked gay man in Freeport came to the BBQ. Let me stress Ron likes Bobby personally, and Bobby was a hardcore campaign supporter. But after his speech, at the Surfside pavilion Bobby came up to Ron with his hand extended, and according to my fellow staffer, Ron literally swatted his hand away.

Dondero adds:

Again, let me stress. I would not categorize that as “homo-phobic,” but rather just unsettled by being around gays personally. Ron, like many folks his age, very much supports toleration, but chooses not to be around gays on a personal level. It’s a personal choice. And though, it may seem offensive to some, he has every right in my mind to feel and act that way.

Statement from fmr. Ron Paul staffer on Newsletters, Anti-Semitism [right wing news]

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  1. Come on Andy, you gotta mention Ron Paul's scene in Bruno, the movie. Classic!

    Posted by: Ted | Dec 27, 2011 8:58:53 AM

  2. Does Ron Paul realize that as President he would be in charge of millions of gay Americans who have every right to "use the same bathroom" and "shake hands" with everyone else? This is just odd.

    Posted by: Reality | Dec 27, 2011 9:02:34 AM

  3. Photographic proof that Ron Paul is a racist!!!

    The presstitute shills and the Neocons are going to pull out all of the stops against RP. And they will come down on him with both feet. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the establishment MSM so scared in my lifetime; It’s because they have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

    By the way, if you want to see some great pictures of Ron Paul acting like a racist, then check out the following link:


    Please spread these photos around!

    Posted by: Ludwig von Mises | Dec 27, 2011 9:03:23 AM

  4. Wow! Wonder how he would act if he were a racist or a homophobe!

    Posted by: John | Dec 27, 2011 9:04:46 AM

  5. Seriously? Not a homophobe? If its not homophobic to not want to shake hands with a gay person or use the same toilet, what is? Do you have to beat one of us with your fists to qualify?

    If you can take factual statements, replace the word gay with black or Jew, and the factual statements look like racism and antisemitism, then the person is homophobic.

    Let's see, I'm not racist, I just don't want to shake hands with black people or share a toilet. Ooops, doesn't work. Still a racist.

    Posted by: dcinsider | Dec 27, 2011 9:16:40 AM

  6. That's OK. We wouldn't want to have had to sterilize the bathroom to get rid of the homophobe cooties afterward.

    Posted by: justinw | Dec 27, 2011 9:19:32 AM

  7. He should be scared, because the vast majority of gays find him incredibly sexy, I'm sure! If the average straight man knew how incredibly picky gay guys are, they'd know they have nothing to worry about. RP definitely doesn't. Even average looking gays have trouble getting laid sometimes, but it's always some ugly troll straight guy who thinks he's gotta worry. RP, I promise to never try to grab your wang at a urinal. Joe Mangienello, however, had better watch out.

    Posted by: Jerry | Dec 27, 2011 9:19:57 AM

  8. Jeez. Another Ron Paul discussion. Really? Why?

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 27, 2011 9:27:26 AM

  9. Sounds more like a "germophobe" if that's a word.

    Most doctors aren't THAT silly. Guess that's why he's in politics, too afraid to touch people to practice medicine.

    Posted by: Don't take it personally | Dec 27, 2011 9:38:44 AM

  10. Ex aid is Jewish,not that it means anything.

    Posted by: David | Dec 27, 2011 9:47:00 AM

  11. Countdown to rapid (borderline psychotic) response by a cadre of Ron Paul supporters in 3...2...1...

    Posted by: AnonymousJack | Dec 27, 2011 9:57:33 AM

  12. Don't Take It Personally - Thank you for being a Ron Paul apologist. If Paul had mysophobia (fear of germs), then he would be afraid to shake hands with all people, or would be afraid of all public restrooms. The very fact that he would be willing to use a restroom in a fast food joint to the one that was probably impeccably clean in his "friend's" home illustrates your contention is not true.

    This is homophobia in its rawest form.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Dec 27, 2011 9:57:51 AM

  13. Mr. Dondero should have told him the local fast food restaurants have gay customers... and sometimes they use the restroom.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Dec 27, 2011 9:59:54 AM

  14. He is preferable to any of the other GOP contenders.

    Posted by: rovex | Dec 27, 2011 10:11:24 AM

  15. There are few LGBT people as head of states in the world (too few, but still). What if one of them would vome to a visit to US? No hand shaking? Idiotic.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Dec 27, 2011 10:27:13 AM

  16. If nothing else, I am grateful for the presidential "discovery" process, which helps us learn enough about candidates ahead of time to (usually) tip us off as to whether they are the kind of people we'd want leading and representing us. Ron Paul is offensive. Even if you take the best interpretations of all these scandals, you still get a man without enough managerial competence to review and approve what goes out under his own name (the newsletters) when he was already well into middle age and making money off of those newsletters AND a man who is just "older" and "from a different time" to the point where he won't use a gay man's restroom as recently as the past couple presidential campaigns. Either way, why would you elect that person president? I now, officially, find no reason to support Ron Paul for any office, at any level. He's an offensive throwback to a time none of us should want to remember.

    Posted by: BreckRoy | Dec 27, 2011 10:27:35 AM

  17. A GOP candidate is a GOP candidate, Rovex. Ron Paul is anti-gay like the rest of them.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 27, 2011 10:27:50 AM

  18. But, but, but, Ron Paul is like the second coming of Jesus, and all of you are meany poopyheads for continuing this smear campaign. This is just more lamestream media propoganda. Besides, he's NOT homophobic. The only reason he's uncomfortable shaking hands and using the same toilets as homosexuals is all the diseases he could catch. He's a pragamatist!!!!

    /self-deluded paulist sarcastic rant.

    Ick. After typing that now I need to go wash MY hands.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Dec 27, 2011 10:29:17 AM

  19. I find it bizarre and disturbing how each one of these candidates is being picked off one by one. It's a little reminiscent of an 80s slasher movie. Makes me wonder what's really going on.

    Posted by: AJ | Dec 27, 2011 10:33:04 AM

  20. Not much crazy here... yet. But before it starts: reading the other post and the PDF of the newsletter, my memory was jogged about having actually received/read those newsletters back then. What I remember from reading them was thinking that the guy (or even a guy who'd let stuff like it go out with his name attached) was scary. I see that not much has changed. Preferable to the other GOP contenders? Sounds like a no-win situation to me.

    Posted by: TJ | Dec 27, 2011 10:33:25 AM

  21. I listened to an interview he did with an Evangelical wingnut in which Ron Paul referred to homosexuality as "a problem" and inwhich he also said that he wanted to keep the DADT policy Because it was working fine and nobody, heterosexual or homosexual, should be bringing sexuality in the military.
    How could anyone who claims to be for freedom for all individuals look at a policy that makes only ONE category of person have to lie and hide his back-home dating or family life around colleagues and so ignorantly say it's
    fair or working?
    Members of the military with opposite-sex partners very openly spoke about their partners back home (there was NO threat of dismissal for using the accurate pronoun when discussing vacation plans in the mess hall) and even participated in live scenes of homecoming kisses in media like morning news shows all the time (which was grounds for firing if the partner was same-sex).
    He is either too ignorant and naive to understand the very clear discrepancy in treatment that is BLATANTLY stated in the policy or he is, indeed, homophobic. There is no way to look at his statements and paint him as some kind of champion of freedom and equality under the law.

    Posted by: Gregv | Dec 27, 2011 10:45:00 AM

  22. He may not be foaming at the mouth homophobic like, say, Santorum, but this is exactly the kind of behavior that's the definition of homophobia.

    And while he may support our rights to do what we want in our private lives, he also supports the rights of others to react and take action as they see fit - it's not a lack of bigotry, he just wants the government to stay out of it and look the other way, and let whatever happens, happen.

    Posted by: Dan | Dec 27, 2011 10:48:44 AM

  23. The guy is as dumb and as nasty the rest of the GOP field. I've never been convinced that he's a friend to us and our cause - no matter what my "Libertarian" friends tell me.

    Posted by: Paul | Dec 27, 2011 10:49:37 AM

  24. I am personally uncomfortable sharing America with Ron Paul.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 27, 2011 11:07:16 AM

  25. "Homophobia" means "fear of homosexuals". If Ron Paul is SCARED of using a bathroom that gay men use regularly (note, it's not because he's afraid of being cruised - it was a bathroom in a private home), then he's scared of gay men. If he's SCARED of shaking hands with gay men, then he's scared of gay men. The man may support gay rights (or he may just pay lip service), but he most definitely is scared of gay men and therefore a homophobe.

    Posted by: TJ | Dec 27, 2011 11:19:40 AM

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