Former Rand Paul aide getting fundraising help

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A former campaign aide to U.S. Sen. Rand Paul who resigned amid a controversy about a racial posting on his MySpace page is getting political support from his former boss even though they parted company two years ago amid the social media controversy.

Republican Christopher Hightower, who is running for the 16th District state House seat, banked about $7,000 from a fundraiser headlined by Paul in August. He got an additional $1,000 from Paul's political action committee, Rand PAC.

Hightower said the contributions from Paul, plus another $2,000 from U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's Bluegrass Committee PAC, speak to his credibility as a candidate.

Hightower resigned as Paul's campaign coordinator during the 2010 Republican primary because of racist images someone identified only as "D'' posted on his MySpace page.