A new-hire on Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's team has issued an apology for previous comments she made on her Facebook page, primarily giving "a big **** you" to Arizona Sen. John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Marianne Copenhaver, the 27-year-old Libertarian Girl blogger, was brought on about a month ago to help out with social media work and Web design for Paul's team and possibly his presidential campaign, The Daily Beast reported.
However, The Washington-Free Beacon
reported that she has made several incendiary remarks on her Facebook page about the GOP's foreign policy.
"Nothing makes me rage harder than the GOP trying to start another God damn war," Copenhaver wrote in November 2013.
"To those who listen to the Iran fear mongering on the news and from politicians, just because it’s 2013 does not mean that propaganda doesn’t happen anymore," she said. "So keep your drones, and your blind nationalism the rest of the civilized population is done with it."
Then she had a special message for McCain and Graham: "Side note: A big **** you to Lindsey Graham and John McCain."
On Thursday, Copenhaver issued an apology for the comments in a statement to The Daily Beast,
saying that her "opinions are mine and not Senator Paul's."
"I don’t think it is fair to have my old Facebook comments scrutinized by the media," she said.
"Those comments were made long before I worked for Senator Paul," she explained.
"I’m sure neither Graham nor McCain will lose any sleep over my comments, but for what it’s worth I am sorry. Regardless of my policy disagreements with them I certainly could have been more polite," she added.
The Daily Beast is reporting that hiring Copenhaver, who was reportedly pursued by Paul's staff to join the team, leads some to question what it says about the Kentucky Republican's judgment.
Paul's top political adviser, Doug Stafford, has come to her defense, saying, "If you are in your 20s, you grew up in a world where far too much of your life and your words are online. It's something that's never been dealt with before."
Stafford told The Daily Beast that he does not plan to fire her for the comments.
"Fire my graphic and Web designer for old Facebook comments? Y'all are more than a little crazy, you know that, right?" he said.
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