October 16th, 2010
07:31 PM ET
12 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. Big Day

    The tea party candidates across the nation are a bunch of nuts! They want to reinvent America. They want it to go back to the 1950's. Back to a time when many Americans weren't treated like Americans. America beware!!! If it talks like a nut, walks like a nut, & acts like a nut, then it's probably a Republican. Don't be fooled!

    October 17, 2010 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  2. Sherri W.W.

    Rand Paul is just another extreme who has no idea how to goveren anything or anybody! Folks need to wake up and go vote to give our GOOD President and the Dems the full 4yrs.before DREAMING the GOP/TeaParty wil do one single thing for Middle class America~NEVER happen!As they say~the Repub Party of today ia NOT Your Fathers`old Repub Party!~They are long gone~replaced by kooks my Father would not know OR vote for!

    October 17, 2010 04:20 am at 4:20 am |
  3. Charlie

    Rand Paul may be a radical but Conway has proven to be your typical Washington ScumBag. One can only hope the people of Kentucky are smart enough to NOT vote for Conway.

    October 17, 2010 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  4. J.V.Hodgson

    As I see it no one is questioning Dr Rands faith per se Just how he practices and does it in reality. If Obama's history with his pastor was relevant and someting worthy of attention as it was, so are these matters which so far as I see Paul does not specifically deny.
    Just Pompous high horse meaningless Rhetoric or what we Republicans do best; ignore the truth and try hard not lie when caught in the truth... because I am a morally superior Republican.

    October 17, 2010 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  5. David Fitzgerald

    Rand Pual is a terrible candidate and is not qualified to be a Senator for many reasons but this type of ad should not be allowed to run without proof. You can't just take some lady's word for it without being able to substantiate the claim.

    October 17, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  6. frag

    Well I guess Mr. Paul should have thought about "personal attacks being out of bounds" before he brought up Monica Lewinsky. Do as I say, not as I do. Aren't American politicians fun? Maybe we should institute an election Lottery system, where our congressional representatives are chosen at random from a pool of registered voters. I'm sure we would have a better chance of getting a few people who are actually normal, and if we're really lucky, sane.

    October 17, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Among the kindest terms that can be applied to the Christian bible is "hoax."

    The so-called "old testament" is just a compendium of myth and folklore indistinguishable except in detail from that of any other religion. The "new testament" appears to consist of a great deal of fiction, a lot of propaganda, and a lot of excuses for keeping people thoroughly under the thumb of the Catholic Church.

    October 17, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
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