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. valwayne

    This guy Conway is just a disgusting creep. The Democrats are really getting desperate and nasty. So much for all Obama's promises. The Democrats are disgusting this year!

    October 16, 2010 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  2. kakaraka

    Its amazing that when a right wing tea bagger said some thing terrible and an opponent candidate says it, they get mad. These are facts coming from your own mouth. Why are they tring to deny or confront the other side who is just letting v oters know about truth? No radical, extreme and out of mainstream and touch candidate like Ron Paul, Sharon Angle and Joe Miller are needed in congres. Sharon Angle even she will take gun under 2nd amendement if congress does not go her way. Too radical and extreme for American people. No way. It's sad right wing ignorant tea baggers GoP party of no people would vote for them despite this. But they won't win at the end of day. They count on the pundits and phony polls. Losers are they. Wake up people and vote Dem this nov to move our country forward and not back.

    October 16, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. barry

    Oh the Liberals are going to drag Christianity into it now. That's funny coming from Democrats who hate and mock Christians. Why I believe most liberals on the blogs call the Tea Party religious extremist. Run your negative Jack Conway with your Union and Arab countries money given to you by your corupt party leaders, it will be for nothing. The Dems won't win Ky. The majority of Dems will be unemployed here in a couple of weeks. Justice will be served for their job killing Agenda.

    October 16, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  4. southern cousin

    Ain't nothing but pure Democrat liberal desperation. They are always lying. Their inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady president is the best at it. You should hear all of the lies he told today. Democrats are famous for their lying, Bill Clinton, a convicted one, Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel, soon to be convicted ones.

    October 16, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. German,IrishAmerican

    I have lived through 10 Presidents and I have never seen the absolute hatred of anyone who disagrees with them, and determination to destroy personal lives as I have seen from the Democrat party. Instead of Obama campaigning on hope and change, a more appropiate slogan would have been hate and change. This is the most divisive President in history.

    October 16, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  6. King

    Dems stick by your capitalism system which means supply and demand. The middle class and poor are the demand side!, they are the ones that spend money at the local stores, restaurants! Supemarkets, malls etc. They drives demand in the local economy that creat jobs. The repugs want to cut gov jobs stripping our teachers, firemen, police, government workers, welfare and food stamp recipeans their demand power, leaving the local economy with reduce demand forcing them to lay off more workers. The repug beleive in the trikle down system give the the rich as much money as possible and hope it trikle down to the middle class but that dont work in a global society, china and india who are american corporation main customers are getting that trikle down crap along with american jobs.

    October 16, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. David Blackburn

    I'm glad to see Jack Conway take the gloves off and attack Rand Paul. I don't think Kentuckians would find the tying up of anyone too funny let alone calling the bible a hoax. It's the typical Tea Party crazys who think like most Republicans that they are elite and deserve to be elected and who can dish it out but can't take the heat! GO CONWAY, GO DEMOCRATS.

    October 16, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    With Democrats like this freak, no wonder we can't fight big business.
    And while you people eat dog food during your retirement because Republicans sold you out to big business and the corrupt capitalists who stole al your money "legally", I'll be living my retirement in luxury in a SOCIALIST country called Norway.

    Bon appetite woof woof ;)

    October 16, 2010 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Buster Bloodvessel

    So he denies everything except tying up chicks? He must be a conservative.

    October 16, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Debbie from Arizona

    If you run as a pro-life Christian, then I don't think questioning that is out of bounds. Tea Party folks don't seem to think questioning President Obama's faith is out of bounds.

    October 16, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  11. D. Bunker

    Paul is a nutjob who doesn't even have his father's principles. Electing him would be like hiring a pedophile to run a preschool or the captain of the Titanic to run a cruiseship.

    October 16, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  12. Eagle35

    Can anyone spell Desperate?

    October 16, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  13. Lori

    Well, well, well. Let the truth set you free Republicans. First O'Donnell, not Rand. I see the blood bath the Republicans were speaking of, slowly slipping away...

    October 16, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  14. Bridge

    Tying up a woman is wrong, but calling her a whore (Brown – California) is OK. What a joke!

    October 16, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. Marvin in Kentucky

    Yeah! yeah! ... and not only that, but in the first grade Rand Paul called a fellow student a "poo-poo head"!!! Conway, Clinton, Obama... Big government and big tax heroes of the “country do for me” crowd.

    October 16, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  16. me

    Personal attacks on Paul's faith are out of bounds but yet there is no denial of the other allegations.

    October 16, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  17. Michael Jones

    I'm not a follower of Aqua Buddha. I'm not anything you've heard about. I'm you.

    October 16, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  18. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Typical spoiled rotten frat boys. He neither confirmed, nor denied his weird behavior in college.

    October 16, 2010 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Another Rand nutcase.

    October 17, 2010 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  20. Louise

    Both of you are poor examples to follow. I wish there was someone with character to vote for. You two are pathetic.

    October 17, 2010 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  21. Louise

    Both of you are like little boys throwing mud at each other. Neither of you have character or integrity to represent the people.

    October 17, 2010 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  22. Sam Chen

    I am not a supporter of Dr. Paul (I am not a registered voter in Kentucky) but I am an alumnus of Baylor University, where Dr. Paul was enrolled during the time referred to by his opponent. The Noze Brotherhood (the "secret society" his opponent speaks of) is a satirical fraternity and the paper they publish, "the Rope" is purely satire. This doesn't condone any wrongdoing by the fraternity (which they have done in the past) or any wrongdoing by Dr. Paul. However, it is foolish to hold Dr. Paul accountable for things written in the Rope. In fact, it's beyond foolish–it's laughable. Everyone in Waco, Texas knows the Rope is a satirical publication. Again, I'm not defending any party (both figuratively and literally), but trying to set the record straight.

    October 17, 2010 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  23. Aaron

    It must be the year of the witch and the idol worshiper for the GOP. Sounds like the GOP made a secret pact with Satan a while back and now it's payback time.

    October 17, 2010 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  24. j color

    how hard to see paul satanic vieux! he still living in 1770s... his danger for america.... for real

    October 17, 2010 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  25. cane

    Rand Paul is a nut case. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    October 17, 2010 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
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