What a Friend He Didn’t Have in Ron Paul

July 17, 2008 at 6:45 am 7 comments

Republican Ron Paul liked to present an image of himself as a kind of presidential candidate different from the twelve angry white men that competed in the GOP primary. Paul railed against politics as usual and promoted an anti-Iraq war message that capture the attention of some voters who felt disaffected from the political system. Paul’s innovative use of online communications and social networking sites, while not on par with Barack Obama, definitely set him apart from conservative also rans like Rudy Guiliani and Mike Huckabee. Recent reports of the death of Paul’s openly gay campaign manager Kent Snyder show that Paul subscribes to the same “I got mine and you’re damned if you don’t” brand of self-centered politics that has infected the heart of the modern Republican Party.

Snyder died of pneumonia on June 26 after being hospitalized for two months and running up more than $400,000 in unpaid medical bills. The Paul campaign did not provide him, or any of its staff with health insurance.

Yes, you read that right. Dr. Ron Paul did not provide the man who masterminded his presidential campaign and raised him tens of millions of dollars with health insurance.

And, as the Washington Blade points out, Paul hasn’t met a pro-LGBT bill that he didn’t oppose.

But according to a scorecard on the voting records of members of Congress on gay-related issues, Paul voted against the interests of gays on all issues other than the marriage amendment. In the Human Rights Campaign scorecard for the 109th Congress (2005-2006), the latest scorecard that the group has issued, Paul received a score of 38 on a scale from 0 to 100.

According to HRC, Paul received a score of 25 for the 108th Congress (2003-2004) and a 0 in the 107th Congress (2000-2002).

Similar to most libertarians, Paul opposed bills like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, which would ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, and a hate crimes bill, which would authorize the federal government to prosecute anti-gay hate crimes, on grounds that such legislation improperly expands government powers.

I can’t speculate on what drove Snyder to work himself to the bone to advance the political ambitions of a man who opposed equal rights for LGBT Americans and who saw fit not to provide health insurance for his employees. By reported accounts, Snyder was a well respected person by friends and co-workers. But Ron Paul has proven himself to be no more of a political maverick and no more interested in the needs of working Americans than Republican standard bearer John McCain.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Yeah Right  |  July 17, 2008 at 7:56 am

    So? is there a requirement to provide health insurance? My family doesn’t have health insurance and we don’t have it because we don’t want it.

    It sounds like this truly is a nation of whinners. Get off your ass and provide for yourself. That’s a part of freedom. Don’t look for someone else to provide for you.

  • 2. Christian  |  July 17, 2008 at 11:08 am

    “I can’t speculate on what drove Snyder to work himself to the bone to advance the political ambitions of a man who opposed equal rights for LGBT Americans….”

    Perhaps Mr. Snyder understood that federal legislation tends to exacerbate inequalities rather than mitigate them.

  • 3. Michael Crawford  |  July 17, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Yeah right,

    Your family may not want health insurance and that’s you decision. But, their are 48 million Americans without health insurance.including millions of children. That’s just wrong.

    People should be able to see a doctor without the fear of being turned away because they can’t afford to pay.

    You reference Phil Gramm “nation of whiners” comment and let me just say that with as many millions has Gramm has, he is in no danger of going without of the things that he needs. Not everyone is a millionaire and working class people should not be blamed for needing the help of the community.

  • 4. Michael Crawford  |  July 17, 2008 at 11:45 am


    You say that federal legislation exacerbate inequalities. If you are talking about such laws as the Defense of Marriage Act and past laws defining Blacks and women as less than equal, I would agree with you. Otherwise, I think you need to pull your head out of the sand and join the rest of us in the real world.

  • 5. NH  |  July 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Kent’s family is going to clean up in libel suits from all you bloggers that insist on calling him ”GAY” when he was NOT.

    They will get much more than $400K

    And, you are ignorant because it was Kent himself that made the decision not to provide health care.

    So the whole premise of your attack on Ron Paul is false.

    Go play in the traffic won’t you?

  • 6. Michael Crawford  |  July 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    You are a little touchy aren’t you?

    Why is it so hard for you to believe that Kent was gay?

    And, let’s be clear. Kent worked for Paul and if Paul had wanted to ensure that his employees had health insurance, he could have. Don’t go blaming Kent. The buck stopped with Paul.

  • 7. Integr8d  |  July 17, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Every other post mentions Jesse Benton’s (Paul’s campaign spokesmen) as say that Snyder, who ran the campaign and made the decisions, made the call not to offer insurance to the employees.

    Reason being that campaigns are temporary organizations that can disband at any moment.

    According to most campaign consultants, it’s typical for the campaigns not to insure their staff.

    Though, I’m sure, leaving out these facts makes you blog a little more interesting, juicy headline and all.

    BTW: Who cares if the guy was gay?


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