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Spokesman Denies Ron Paul is 'Personally Uncomfortable' with Gays

DonderoRon Paul's campaign is fighting claims by former Paul aide Eric Dondero that the candidate is "personally uncomfortable" with gays and in the past has objected to sharing bathroom facilities and shaking hands with people because they are gay.

Political Hot Sheet gets a response from the Paul campaign:

"Eric Dondero is a disgruntled former staffer who was fired for performance issues," Paul spokesman Jesse Benton said in an emailed response to Hotsheet responding to the column. "He has zero credibility and should not be taken seriously."

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  1. I have an idea. How about Teh Gey Collektiv write a letter in request for an interview with Mr. Ron Paul personally and address each and every concern with him directly?

    Posted by: ESA | Dec 27, 2011 2:49:14 PM

  2. That would be a total waste of time.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 27, 2011 3:01:25 PM

  3. Esa>>

    It's easier to tear a man down at all costs then it is to open a line of dialogue.

    That's how we progress as a society.


    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Dec 27, 2011 3:06:44 PM

  4. As far as Dondero is concerned, his remarks appeared pretty genuine and he seemed to go out of his way to provide a balanced view of Paul as he was able to. So, while he may have been fired for performance issues, I'm not sure if I quite buy the "disgruntled" part. At worst, he appeared to me remotely, if not somewhat, credible. For the Paul campaign to dismiss his remarks like this without instead addressing them head-on, makes them look less credible.

    Posted by: Cinesnatch | Dec 27, 2011 3:14:13 PM

  5. Well, the scene in Bruno pretty much confirms Dondero's claims, and I'm not sure why Dondero would make things up since he still seems a bit fond of the old nut, claiming that Paul's irrational fear of gay people wasn't homophobic, never mind that his behaviors could be a dictionary definition of homophobia.

    Whatever Paul's comfort level with gay people, we should all be uncomfortable with his ideas on gay civil rights. Despite the claims of the Paul apologists crawling the Internet, if pigs start flying and a Paul presidency becomes reality, he'll stay in his government marriage while saying he doesn't believe in government marriage for gay couples.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 27, 2011 4:12:46 PM

  6. I mean, do we really care? Would any gay man or woman even consider voting for this throw-back scumbag?

    Posted by: Peter | Dec 27, 2011 4:31:09 PM

  7. One would have to be demented to vote for this creepy old man.

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 27, 2011 5:29:19 PM

  8. ERNIE: I don't know that the scene from "Bruno" proves anything. I'd have run from the room, too.

    Posted by: TJ | Dec 27, 2011 6:11:43 PM

  9. So, now that the only serious challenger to the Establishment, Big Pharma, Big Warmongering, Big Banks and Big Bureaucracy is about to win Iowa, what do we hear? A multipronged and self-contradictory message. We hear that Paul is "uncomfortable" with a fundraiser he spent three days with? I'm sure the evangelicals are hearing how wickedly libertarian he is on matters of sodomitical freedoms and--gasp--he's not even in favor of more debt to the FED in order to fight more wars for Likud--all the way down to the last born-again soldier!

    Spare me...I've been OUT for decades and I know a good man when I see one. I also know when I'm being pandered to. Paul in 2012.

    Posted by: Prothero | Dec 27, 2011 8:39:06 PM

  10. Ron Paul 2012, if you lazy americans would get off your asses and take time to understand what is going on in the world you would understand that Ron Paul is your country's last chance to right your wrongs, and LGBTs only chance at equal rights. I suggest you research the CFR, the history of the Rothchilds and the Rockefellers. You will see that America hasn't been free for sometime and that Ron Paul is the only person with balls enough to try to right the huge injustice in the world.

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 27, 2011 9:29:04 PM

  11. Ron Paul is a very scary. Vote for him at your own risk.

    Posted by: Chicklets | Dec 27, 2011 11:27:59 PM

  12. The Paul trolls are persistent, I'll give them that. But, please, "the LGBT's only chance at equal rights." Let's not be entirely insane. Paul is--best case scenario--entirely indifferent to our rights, when he's not terrified to shake our hands. The only thing less likely than Paul doing anything to advance gay rights is Ron Paul becoming President. I'm sure Karl Rove and his henchmen are orchestrating the current Paul smears, but it doesn't change the fact that his ideas on gay civil rights are both incoherent and hypocritical.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 27, 2011 11:28:22 PM

  13. He was in the armed forces, voted to repeal DADT, but this guy who got fired from his staff and left on bad terms says he's uncomfortable with gays? Lame. Check out Paul's voting record and that'll give you all you need. The establishment is running scared for a reason.

    Posted by: Lance | Dec 28, 2011 1:42:40 AM

  14. Voted to repeal DADT, dislikes the part about DOMA that forces states to not be able to recognize gay marriage if they want to, against legal discrimination of gays. Ron Paul doesn't see people as boxes with labels. He wants equal rights for every individual, not equal rights for groups. Rights are for individuals, not groups. Stop being lazy and research the issues, and all the politicians' stand on them. Ron Paul has had fair, consistent, and intelligent positions for decades. But you all will just cling to dems who promise but never deliver, and flipflop all the time, and tell yourself that every politician lies, so it's about what they do. Self defeating. If you can't trust them, what are you voting for them for? The dems co-opted the gay vote, but it isn't there's automatically. It's your vote, choose the best candidate, not the party that promises but never delivers. You laugh at gay republicans for voting absurdly, without realizing that you're the mirror image.

    Posted by: FunctioningBrain | Dec 28, 2011 2:20:16 AM

  15. "Voted to repeal DADT, dislikes the part about DOMA that forces states to not be able to recognize gay marriage if they want to, against legal discrimination of gays."

    Sorry, bro, but you're the one who needs to stop being lazy and wake up to what Ron Paul's positions really mean for gay people.

    DOMA doesn't force states "to not be able to recognize gay marriage if they want to." DOMA prevents married gay couples in my state from receiving the federal marriage benefits and protections Ron Paul and his wife have been enjoying for over 50 years. DOMA exclusively discriminates against gay couples, while maintaining heterosexual privilege. He supports it.

    And, speaking of flip-flopping, while he voted to repeal DADT, he said he thought it was good policy.

    And his argument that civil rights should be left only to the states means that gay people will be leaving our rights up to the morons that control most state legislatures. The US Constitution is clearly on our side, which is why we are winning in the federal courts, yet Paul believes we shouldn't even have the right to take our cases to the courts.

    Anyone who has actually done some research on Paul's faux-libertarian hypocrisy and isn't spouting Paul-bot soundbytes knows that the old coot would be disastrous for lgbt people. Paul doesn't bother me--he won't get anywhere beyond where he is now--but the intellectual dishonesty of his dittohead supporters is mystifying.

    Posted by: Ernie | Dec 28, 2011 11:41:48 AM

  16. I am GAY and I AM voting for Ron Paul and so are ALL my GAY friends. We are not fooled by your fake propaganda. Grow up! Obama is fake. He has done nothing good for this country and has nothing good in store for any of us.

    Posted by: gary | Jan 2, 2012 11:43:43 PM

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