Politics & Government

Conway doesn't regret Rand Paul 'Aqua Buddha' ad

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway said Tuesday he has no regrets about his controversial TV ad that raises questions about the religious beliefs of his Republican rival, Rand Paul.

Meanwhile, an anonymous woman referred to in the ad, which alleged that Paul tied the woman up when he was at Baylor University and forced her to worship a god called "Aqua Buddha," told The Washington Post Tuesday that Conway's ad is accurate but "over the top."

"Yes, he was in a secret society, yes, he mocked religion, yes, the whole Aqua Buddha thing happened," she told the Post. "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."

Her comments came after Paul, in an interview Monday on Sean Hannity's nationally syndicated radio show, was asked about the alleged incident with the woman and his involvement in a secret group at Baylor called the NoZe Brotherhood that mocked Christianity.

"It's all lies" and "completely untrue," Paul said. "It's been on the Internet blogs about an anonymous woman who I have no idea who she is."

Conway, after appearing Tuesday at a campaign stop in Lexington, continued to stand by the controversial spot, which was based on articles in GQ magazine, The Washington Post and Politico.com in recent weeks and months.

Conway said he is not questioning Paul's faith. "I'm questioning his actions," he said.

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