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Sen. Rand Paul confirms departure of controversial staffer

LOUISVILLE -- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul confirmed Monday that controversial staffer Jack Hunter, who once was a shock jock known as the "Southern Avenger," has resigned.

Paul said the resignation was a mutual decision, adding that the national controversy about Hunter's past had become a distraction.

Paul, R-Bowlinq Green, also said he did not know what Hunter will be doing now and that he did not help him land another job.

Hunter, as a former radio talk show host, made several controversial comments about race. He once compared President Abraham Lincoln to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and said he observed the birthday of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth.

When Hunter's past was reported by a Washington news blog a few weeks ago, he said he did not believe everything he had said.

State Democratic Party Chairman Daniel Logsdon called on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to tell Paul to fire Hunter. A McConnell spokesman criticized Logsdon for not being involved in promoting racial harmony.