Rand Paul May Sue GQ Over ‘Lefist’ Kidnapping Reporting, But He Doesn’t Deny Story

August 10, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Weird and weirder. But we are talking about libertarian teapartier Rand Paul, so weird is the operative word here. Yesterday the blogosphere was abuzz with the strange tale of Paul’s college days, as reported by GQ magazine. Unlike the harmless pranks and drunken excesses of a typical college student, the GQ piece retold a bizarre story involving kidnapping, bong hits and the worshiping of “Aqua Buddha.” Notably, the Paul campaign did not refute the facts of the story. And today, Paul is threatening to sue GQ for engaging in irresponsible journalism with a “leftist” bias. But again, without denying the facts of the strange college kidnapping.

Yesterday, Chattahbox reported on the pot-fueled kidnapping and blindfolding of a female college student by Paul and a friend, as told to GQ by an unnamed woman:

“He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They’d been smoking pot.” After the woman refused to smoke with them, 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. “They blindfolded me and made me bow down to ‘Aqua Buddha’ in the creek. I had to say, ‘I worship you Aqua Buddha, I worship you.’”

Dave Weigal of the Slate, reports that Paul’s campaign manager Jesse Benton, says the tea party senatorial candidate is considering legal action against GQ:

“We are investigating all our options — including legal ones. We will not tolerate drive-by journalism by a writer with a leftist agenda.”

In response, GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson stands by the veracity and reporting of its story:

“We’ve vetted, researched, and exhaustively fact-checked Jason Zengerle’s reporting on Rand Paul’s college days, we stand by the story, and we gave the Paul campaign every opportunity to refute it. We notice that they have not, in fact, refuted it,” says Nelson.

Curiouser and curiouser.

In the accompanying photo, Paul is the student towards the front wearing a straw hat and a black cape.


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