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Bad News for Rand Paul? 'Aqua Buddha' Prank Victim Is Back

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The race for U.S. Senate in Kentucky got heated last week after Democrat Jack Conway ran a TV ad accusing his opponent, Rand Paul, of being part of a "secret society" that "mocked Christianity" and forced a woman to "bow down before a false idol."

Much of the ad's content came from an interview GQ conducted with an anonymous former college classmate of Paul's, who said she was the victim of a bizarre prank at Baylor University in 1983.

According to the August issue of GQ:

Paul and his friend put her back in their car and drove to the countryside outside of Waco, where they stopped near a creek. "They told me their god was 'Aqua Buddha' and that I needed to bow down and worship him," the woman recalls.
Well, the long-ago victim is back in the news, having talked to the Washington Post's Greg Sargent about the new ad:

"Yes, he was in a secret society, yes, he mocked religion, yes, the whole Aqua Buddha thing happened," she said. "There was a different side to him at one time and he's pretending that it never existed. If he would just acknowledge it, it would all go away and it wouldn't matter anymore."

However, she also said that Conway's ad went too far in depicting college pranks as something frightening, and added that the topic wasn't consequential enough to drive the Senate race.

Rand PaulSo far, most political analysts have viewed Conway's ad as having gone too far -- that it was perhaps even a sign of desperation. It will be interesting to see whether or not the reemergence of the accuser buttresses Conway's case.

During a candidates debate Sunday night in Louisville, the topic of the ad came up. As Politics Daily's Melinda Henneberger reported, Paul alleged that this was an attack on him as a Christian: "Those who stoop to the level of attacking a man's religious beliefs to gain higher office, I believe that they should remember that it does not profit a man to gain the world if he loses his soul in the process."


"Jack, you should be ashamed of yourself," added the self-described "pro-life Christian," who refused to shake Conway's hand after the debate. "Have you no decency? Have you no shame?"

As for Conway, he asked viewers: "Why did he freely join a group known for mocking, for making fun of people with faith? When is it ever a good idea to tie up a woman and ask her to kneel before a false idol, your god, which you call Aqua Buddha?"

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Sheila

Unlike his father, Rand Paul leaves much to be desired both in beliefs and knowledge......I do not respect this man nor should knowledgable people vote for his and his radical platform.

October 23 2010 at 8:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Twilight Ltd.

What are the political positions of the contenders in this race? All I keep reading about is toilet bowl (literally) discussion? Doesn't that seem a little strange?

October 22 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
smgy75

Isn't "aqua buddha" the same as "the porcelain god?" Sounds to me like Jack is criticizing Rand for drinking too much with his friends and "praying to aqua buddha." In other words, his buddies got too drunk and threw up in the toilet. Oh, the horror!! -- someone got puking-drunk when they were in college...30 years ago. How is that relevant to today? I can't believe this is getting so much attention.

October 22 2010 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
phylliskunz

Why can Rand Paul cast doubt on President Obama's religon and faith and birthplace, but it is wrong to question Paul about his religion? How do you pronounce hypocrite? All who know me know I have a problem with pronounciation abd hypocrites.

October 21 2010 at 11:45 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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yvonnegumm

phylliskunz A college prank in school is not religion, just a bunch of college students doing what comes natural, act like fools. The fact that it says aqua buddha says a lot about it not having anything to do with any religion at all. Unless you have some fact that an aqua buddha exist.

October 22 2010 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
phylliskunz

Rand Paul said the Bible is a hoax. Well for his information, The Bible is still No. l, and Atlas Shrug is No 2. and his attack on Christan faith is deplorable. Some said Jack Conway went too for. Rand Paul had it coming and he is a big crybaby. He can dish it out, but he cannot take it which disqualifies him from holding office. As Truman once said, if you cannot take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Amen to that.

October 20 2010 at 8:07 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
reybasura

I notice that the "Aqua Buddha PRANK victim" is back. So the outcome of the election should be decided on a long-ago PRANK?

October 20 2010 at 3:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
reybasura

You know, if Conway wins because of the "aqua Buddha" ad, the people of Kentucky deserve Conway.

October 20 2010 at 3:03 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
reybasura

The ad is silly and reflects a less-than-serious (college, youth) time in Paul's life which really seems to have little relevence to now and the issues...what it really made me think was that the ad had little substance, was silly, and indicated that Jack Conwy was truly a desperate man. I'm not sure a man who would run that ad is really the type of senator I would want. He really would do anything, or sink to any level to get ahead.

October 20 2010 at 3:02 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Ricky Schultz

Wow, the conservative elite have been blitzkreiging the airwaves with a blistering assult of attack ads, and then one comes out against them and they act like crybabies. Man up Teapublicans! If you are going to dish out such republi- crap as you have tried to do in hyjacking this election, expect that someone like Conway is going to dish some back! Conway gave you a tase of your own medicine and the Eye Doctor Randy Paul made a spectacle out of himself. HA HA HA. Randy Paul is a thin skinned knee jerk conservative and a toadie to special interests.

October 20 2010 at 2:18 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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yvonnegumm

Ricky Schultz It's not even a political ad. It deals with 0 politics and everything to do with stupidity, college for Rand and just plain ignorant for a whole group of Dems to even run the ad.

October 22 2010 at 3:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
polishparalt

"Anonymous" accuser? This can be solved real easy. Produce the accuser. It's the way things work in America. Everyone has the right to face their accuser. It's like saying this ( disclaimer, the following is satire )...Anonymous source claims Matt Lewis was once a competent journalist in the past. Anonymous 1981 source states "I remember when Matt really made sense, when his articles were worth reading. These days, I just don't know what's happened to him. If he would just acknowledge it, it would just go away and it wouldn't matter anymore....( end of satire ) I mean, is that fair? No, it's not. All that has happened is the political version of guilty until proven innocent. "I know Candidate "X" did this, because someone, somewhere, a long time ago says so!" Then, when asked to provide the "proof" the reply is, "Well, if Candidate "X" didn't do it, just let them prove they didn't, and that will clear up this whole mess." People, if that's what politics in America has come down to, ( BTW the Democrats and Republicans are equally guilty when it comes to this ) if that's what candidates are going to debate about......God help us all!

October 20 2010 at 8:44 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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