October 16th, 2010
07:31 PM ET
4 years ago

Kentucky Senate campaign gets ugly

(CNN) - Jack Conway, the Democratic nominee for Senate from Kentucky, released Saturday what are perhaps the harshest ads of his campaign against Republican nominee Rand Paul.

One ad attacks Paul’s views on federal safety protection and the other addresses the “Aqua Buddah” controversy from earlier this year.

“Why was Rand Paul a member of a secret society that called the Holy Bible ‘a hoax,’ that was banned for mocking Christianity and Christ?” the ad’s announcer says. “Why did Rand Paul once tie up a woman, tell her to bow down before a false idol, and say his god was ‘Aqua Buddha?'”

The ad, which is running statewide, is based on reports that Paul was a member of a secret society while a student at Baylor University. An anonymous woman in “GQ Magazine” and “The Washington Post” made the claims in August. At the time, Paul called the articles ridiculous, but the Conway campaign is now using the claims as a campaign tactic.

“Values matter. Rand Paul chose to join a secret society the university banned,” said Allison Haley, a spokesman for the Conway campaign. “Tying up a woman, no matter what the reason, is nothing to laugh at.”

In a statement, Paul tried to set the record straight.

“I am a pro-life Christian, and I have never written or spoken anything that would indicate otherwise,” he said.

Paul’s campaign also responded, calling the ads “despicable” and “desperate.”

“Jack Conway stepped way over the line and released a shameful and despicable ad that questions Dr. Paul’s Christian faith,” the campaign said in a statement. “Personal attacks on Rand’s faith are way out of bounds.”

According to recent polls, Conway and Paul are neck-and-neck in the race. Former President Bill Clinton campaigned in the state for Conway last week.


Filed under: 2010 • Jack Conway • Kentucky • Rand Paul
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. WILLARD BULLOCK

    Paul are better than canway

    October 16, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. GOP = Fail

    Rand Paul is definitely a phoney.

    October 16, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  3. sara

    Neither has President Obama. He's never spoken or written anything otherwise other than he is a Christian! OOps, he must be what the Racist want him to be. History repeating itself....afterall, they TOLD African Americans that they were the N word for decades.

    October 16, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. Kenneth Close

    Perhaps Conway needs to be reminded of former senator Byrd........KKK....Hmmmmmm or can only Democrats change?

    October 16, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  5. Send conway to the senate.

    Kentucky Rand Paul will hurt your state financially and in image! Rand Paul is just too extreme for your fine southern hospitality. John Conway is a southern gentlemen and I think he will be your first president from Kentucky. Rand Paul has zero chance at every being president.

    October 16, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  6. Donnatella

    Rand Paul is like the ant-christ, he is taking his tea bag followers for eveything he can, they are going to feel like real idiots when he votes to end SSI & Medicade.

    October 16, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. Proud Pagan in Virginia

    Um... so what? Correct me if I'm wrong (and I'm not), but doesn't the Constitution state that there is NO religious benchmark to be met to be considered for public office?!? WHO CARES if Rand Paul isn't a Gaaaaawwwwwd-fearin' Christian? I'm not. The sad thing is that I'm very active politically and the ONLY reason I'm not running for office now is because of all the Bible-thumpers out there who think being Christian is a prerequisite to public office. It's SCARY how utterly stupid people are these days!

    October 16, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. Mikey

    Question: Are personal attacks on our President's faith way out of bounds?

    October 16, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Dan

    "According to recent polls, Conway and Paul are neck-and-neck in the race."

    The last public poll of the race was from Rasmussen on September 29th that had Paul up 11. There was another goofy one from Braun about ten days ago that had Paul up four with an absurd 16% undecided. So what "recent polls" show the race neck and neck? Don't just make stuff up CNN.

    October 16, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  10. kakaraka

    These hacklers don't have any clue whatsever. Obama cut taxes more than Bush including 16 times for small businesses, secure borders better than Bush, deport illegal immigrants more than Bush, fix wall street collapse and bring confidence in the stock market with sound regulations,cut monthly jobs lost by half and continue on the right path, make the private sector creating hundreds of jobs every month with the economy growing slowly but surely again. These clueless and ignorant republican tea baggers don't get it. They better hackle their own partrepublican senators who want to continue policies that ship jobs overseas and fight for rich wealthies special interest and cut needed programs for middle class. Vote GOP party of no out. They don't deserve to be at senate. For more years for Obama. Get over it.

    October 16, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  11. tool man

    why not call it what it is.... hypocracy. The problem with the GOP is that they are always the ones who are "in the closet" and then railing against gay rights. A part of a secret society bashing christianity but a Pro Life Christian. Fox promotes fair and balanced yet we know it is now funding and hiring GOP candidates to let them campaign all year long on their networks. Now we have tea party filled with blue collar whites who want to lower taxes on corporate America that outsourced their jobs and fight their unions. Hypocrites... just be what you are for... the wealthy upper class and if you are white and wealthy so be it, but if you are not.. you better read up or our middle class will be gone.

    October 16, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  12. jr

    Kentuckians are sick of gutter politics.

    October 16, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. Dan Mongiardo

    The latest poll shows Rand Paul up by 11%. Internal polling from Conway must show an even larger Paul lead , because there is no way Conway would resort to a desperate personal smear 2 weeks out, if the polls showed the race as really "neck-and-neck". It would just be far too risky thing to do.

    October 16, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    If thereis validity to the cliam – it should be brought out- if not, Mr Conway should be sues for slander. There needs to be accountability in these elections. At least fines for misleading ads or outright lies.
    Enough

    October 16, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. carlos

    of course, he is the wicca........and the hags: palin, odone, angle, the one from arizona, UGH

    October 16, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Rand Paul is "kinda wierd", but kinky and putting a woman in bondage and forcing her to bow down. I don't think "bow down" was to worship a false idol, sounds like he had something else in mind.

    October 16, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. Doc

    Iguess questioning a candidate's faith is out of line but spreading false rumors about a President's faith is okey dokey as well as questioning his citizenship. I usually despise this sort of thing but the right has been using it freely so it's time to level the playing field. If I were a candidate i wouldn't use this without proof though.

    October 16, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. Robert Warner

    So Rand Paul thinks that personal attacks during a campaign are out of bounds, but separate water fountains for blacks and whites are OK? Hark, there be nitwits afoot in yonder Kentucky!

    October 16, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. ddt

    Unless, people lost their minds, why would anyone vote for a Teabagger? Seriosly!!

    October 16, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Mandy

    Hey who would have thought? Yet another hit piece as a losing democrat has to dig 20-30 years back to find some fecal matter to throw.

    The country is aghast at our 13,000,000,000,000 debt hole, yet all we get from the Democrats is an endless stream of talk about old tax liens, divorce filings and whether or not their opponent had a Ouija board when she was 16 years old.

    Seriously, do you REALLY WONDER WHY YOU ARE LOSING?

    October 16, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. Mike Dallas

    “Jack Conway stepped way over the line and released a shameful and despicable ad that questions Dr. Paul’s Christian faith,” the campaign said in a statement. “Personal attacks on Rand’s faith are way out of bounds.”

    The irony in that statement is so thick it would take the atom smasher to cut through it, the Reds, of course, have NEVER, EVER questioned President Obama's faith.

    Kinda hurts when your glass house it not just hit with a brick but and entire pallet of concrete blocks.

    Right all you hypocritical "christians" tea baggers?

    October 16, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. 53CR37 50C!37Y

    aqua buddah sounds like some exotic weed

    October 16, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    Because rand paul is a sicko. Not that I care what religion he is but a lot of these bible thumping retards are hypocrites. He already proved that the Civil Rights Act is not something he believes in.
    Does he wife stay at home barefoot and pregnant?
    And yes, get a haircut!! You look like a girl.

    October 16, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. JSW

    Conway is exactly what we don't need in DC...more sleazy career politicians who'll do and say anything to get/stay in office.

    October 16, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  25. NameCarl

    Why has Paul not denied doing what he is accused of? Never ask a politician a direct question because they will not answer. Will they?

    October 16, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
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