After Sunday night's heated Senate debate between Republican Rand Paul and Democrat Jack Conway, it appears Kentucky may have the nastiest Senate race in the country this year.
Paul called Conway a "disgrace" and an "embarrassment" Sunday after the Democrat repeated attacks over a secret society in which Paul was a member in college, claiming the group "mocked Christianity," according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
In his latest campaign ad, Conway questions the group and revives a controversy over allegations made by a women Paul attended college with, who told GQ magazine earlier this year that Paul and several friends tied her up and staged a mock kidnapping.
The Republican was so incensed post-debate that he stormed off the stage, refusing to shake Conway's hand.
From the Herald-Leader:
Conway said the ad raises legitimate questions about Paul's values and repeatedly challenged Paul to answer two questions: Why did he join a college society, the NoZe Brotherhood, that mocked Christianity, and when is it appropriate to tie up a woman and make her bow down to "Aqua Buddha"?
Paul said he did not know how to respond to anonymous accusations about his college days and suggested that Conway "should stand up and be a man." The identity of the woman who was allegedly tied up by Paul during college was not revealed by GQ or The Washington Post.
Paul added that Conway's questions were similar to the ages-old loaded question of when did a husband stop beating his wife.
"You demean the state of Kentucky. You embarrass yourself," said Paul, who is a member of The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, where his wife, Kelley, is a deacon.
Paul's campaign launched a counter TV ad Sunday night called "False Witness." The 30-second ad says, "Rand Paul keeps Christ in his heart and in the life he shares with his wife and three boys. Don't be fooled by Conway's desperate attack."
Watch Conway's ad:
And Paul's response: