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Texas Gov. Rick Perry countered with an advertisement that said four of his rivals for the GOP nomination have served a combined 63 years in Congress, “leaving us with debt, earmarks and bailouts.”

Mr. Perry’s ad shows images of Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann as it criticizes Congress and renews the governor’s call for halving lawmakers’ pay and time spent in Washington.


Campaign denounces ex-aide’s ‘defense’ of Paul on gays, Israel

A former top aide to Ron Paul “defended” the Republican presidential candidate Monday in the conservative blogosphere against charges of homophobia and anti-Semitism.

According to Eric Dondero, who was Mr. Paul’s senior congressional aide from 1997 to 2003 and worked on some earlier Paul campaigns, the Texas lawmaker is not anti-Jewish or anti-gay — he just supports Israel’s abolition and won’t use a gay man’s bathroom.

“Is Ron Paul an anti-Semite? Absolutely no,” Mr. Dondero said, before adding that Mr. Paul told him “numerous times in our private conversations … 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.”

Gary Howard, the Paul presidential campaign’s national press secretary, denounced Mr. Dondero as not a credible source. “Eric Dondero is a disgruntled former staffer who was fired for performance issues, and is now trying to grab some attention for himself,” the spokesman said in an email.

Mr. Dondero also ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Paul in 2008 for his former boss’ seat.

In a lengthy, detailed statement posted at the Right Wing News website, Mr. Dondero insisted his former boss is not anti-gay, but he recounts two incidents that suggest otherwise. In one, Mr. Dondero writes that Mr. Paul refused to shake the hand of an openly gay supporter at a barbecue; and in the other, Mr. Dondero claims Mr. Paul went to some lengths to avoid using a bathroom in the home of a gay supporter.


Schumer brother-in-law gets federal judge post

Sen. Charles E. Schumers brother-in-law was quietly nominated this month to a federal judgeship in New Jersey, the New York Post reported Monday.

Kevin McNulty, married to Mr. Schumers sister, Fran, was named to the U.S. District Court by the White House on Dec. 16.

The Post article said the nomination has raised questions about political favoritism in New Jersey.

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