Rand Paul Denies ‘Kidnapping,’ Forcing Drugs, But What About Aqua Buddha?

August 11, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Teapartier Rand Paul, fresh on the heels of threatening to sue GQ Magazine for its piece exposing his wild (bizarre) college days, appeared on Fox News yesterday to finally deny, at least part of the strange tale. What part did he refute, sort of? Paul denied the “kidnapping” and forcing of “drugs.” So, what about the blindfolding, tying up and worshiping of Aqua Buddha? Inquiring minds want to know.

After the GQ story came out, Paul’s spokesperson threatened a lawsuit against “drive-by journalism by a writer with a leftist agenda,” but he didn’t refute the essential facts of the story.

GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson doubled down, standing by his magazine’s reporting. “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,” said Nelson.

Now, Paul is specifically denying “kidnapping” and forcing others to take drugs.

During an appearance on Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto, Paul advanced the narrative, aided by Cavuto that he shouldn’t be expected to remember events that occurred 27-years ago. Paul also complained about “anonymous” attacks:

“I’m not going to try and go back 27-years to try and remember everything I did in college. The thing is, I don’t think really, politicians should be asked to answer anonymous accusers from 27-years ago. But I will categorically deny that I ever kidnapped anyone or forced anyone to use drugs,” said Paul.

Notice Paul didn’t deny forcing a college coed to worship “Aqua Buddha,” while blindfolded or tied up.

In case you forgot, let’s revisit GQ’s story, as told by an unnamed woman, claiming she was a victim of a strange “prank” abduction by Paul and one of his friends, while they were stoned:

“The strangest episode of Paul’s time at Baylor occurred one afternoon in 1983 (although memories about all of these events are understandably a bit hazy, so the date might be slightly off), when he and a NoZe brother paid a visit to a female student who was one of Paul’s teammates on the Baylor swim team. According to this woman, who requested anonymity because of her current job as a clinical psychologist, “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.’ At Baylor, there were people actively going around trying to save you and we had to go to chapel, so worshiping idols was a big no-no.”

Really, this “Aqua Buddha” tale is no less strange than Paul’s questioning of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.

Paul is a very, very odd duck. How long will it take for reporters to track down the unnamed woman in the GQ story?



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