Last night the Kentucky Senate race between Attorney General Jack Conway (D) and ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) took a turn to serious issues, like the worship of “Aqua Buddha.” While the GQ article linking Paul to a secret society at Baylor University that mocked Christianity has been out in the open for quite some time, Paul professed outrage during last night’s debate at Conway’s decision to make it a campaign issue by releasing a new TV ad based on Paul’s college years and meant to throw doubt on his faith:
“Jack, have you no decency? Have you no shame?” Paul asked Conway during the fourth of five scheduled debates between Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates.
Paul said Conway’s actions were “a disgrace” that should disqualify Conway from the heated contest Kentuckians will decide Nov. 2.
The debate was full of barbed exchanges such as these, but Conway held his ground and continued to ask Paul why he would voluntarily join a group like the one he participated in at Baylor. Paul refused to answer and declined to shake Conway’s hand at the end of the debate.
On a related note, there’s a new PAC with a tongue-in-cheek name, Americans for America — tagline: “If you’re not with us… You must Hate America” — that’s attempting to run its own radio commercials against Paul that tie the candidate’s laissez-faire attitude towards mine safety to the recent near-disaster in Chile. It’s a bit of a stretch, but it leaps on Paul’s previous comment that “accidents happen” in a bid to galvanize the state’s sizable coal worker population to take a long look at Paul’s stance on workplace safety regulations.