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Paul calls allegations in GQ story ‘outrageous and ridiculous’

Rand Paul, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate

Rand Paul, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate

UPDATED AT 7:35 P.M.

By Jack Brammer – jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT — Republican U.S. Senate nominee Rand Paul denied on Tuesday trying to kidnap a woman and force her to use illegal drugs while attending Baylor University in the early 1980s.

The denial came a day after GQ published on its Web site an anonymous woman’s allegation that Paul and a classmate blindfolded and tied her up, took her to their apartment, tried to force her to use marijuana and made her bow down to a god known as “Aqua Buddha.”

Appearing on the Neil Cavuto show on Fox News, Paul said the article was “outrageous and ridiculous.”

He said the allegation that he kidnapped the woman and forced her to use drugs was “absolutely untrue” and worthy of a libel lawsuit.

“No I never was involved with kidnapping. No I was never involved with forcibly drugging people,” Paul said.

When Cavuto asked if the woman’s allegation could have been a college prank, as opposed to kidnapping, Paul declined to provide further details about the incident.

“Well, I’m not really going to try to go back 27 years and remember everything I did in college. … I don’t think that really politicians should be asked to answer anonymous accusers from 27 years ago,” Paul said. “But I will categorically deny that I ever kidnapped anyone or forced anybody to use drugs.”
Baylor is a private Baptist university in Waco, Texas.

The woman, identified in the GQ article only as a clinical psychologist and a teammate with Paul on a swim team at Baylor, claimed Paul and another man with him in the secret organization known as the NoZe Brotherhood “never hurt her or did anything wrong.”

“But the whole thing was kind of sadistic. They were messing with my mind. It was some kind of joke,” she said.

Efforts by the Lexington Herald-Leader to identify and contact the woman were not successful.

Reporters shouted questions to Paul late Tuesday afternoon while he was walking into the Lexington home of Kelly Knight for a private fund-raiser for his campaign and the state Republican Party, but he did not reply.

Paul’s campaign manager, Jesse Benton, said Monday that Paul was at Baylor in the early 1980s, competed on the swim team and was active in Young Conservatives of Texas.

Nick Joos, Baylor’s senior associate athletic director, said Tuesday that he does not believe Baylor had a varsity men’s or women’s swimming team in the early 1980s. Paul attended the school from the fall of 1981 to the summer of 1984 before he was accepted into Duke University’s medical school without an undergraduate degree.

Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said the school had club swim teams in the early 1980s but those team rosters were not available.

Fogleman said the NoZe Brotherhood is “an unofficial satirical organization known for its share of pranks.”

Marc Burckhardt, an Austin artist, said Tuesday in a phone interview that he was a member of the organization with Paul but was “not close with him.”

Burckhardt said he had not heard of the alleged abduction until a GQ reporter brought it up. He said he has not talked to Paul since his college days.

Burckhardt described the NoZe Brotherhood as “a gadfly organization, not a fraternity, made up of smart students who were just trying to make it in college.”

Mary Long of Belton, Texas, wrote a book about the brotherhood with her husband, Dr. William B. Long, who died last February.

She said the organization was called the Nose Brotherhood when it was formed at Baylor about 1926. In the mid-1960s, it “changed radically,” she said. “It became known for its anti-social activities and was banned.”

Nose was banned from the campus in 1965 and again in 1978, when President Abner McCall suspended NoZe for being “lewd, crude and grossly sacrilegious,” according to a 1997 article in the school newspaper that was quoted by Baylor Magazine in 2003.

Burckhardt said he was not aware of any criminal or sacrilegious activities by the group during his time at Baylor.

Rand Paul’s campaign tried to use the GQ.com article to its advantage, sending out e-mails asking for contributions to fight the allegations.

GQ stood by 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,” editor-in-chief Jim Nelson said Monday night in a statement.

The campaign of Paul’s Democratic challenger, Jack Conway, has not commented. But Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon issued a statement Tuesday calling on Paul “to come clean with the people of Kentucky on these accusations …”

On Fox News, Paul questioned why he should respond to anonymous allegations.

“Do we live in an era where people can come forward anonymously and accuse you of things and then all of a sudden I’m supposed to spend the rest of the campaign defending myself against an anonymous accusers who say I kidnapped them?” he asked.

Here’s video of the Fox News interview:

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  1. randpaulfan01 says:

    rerun – I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. Rand could be the new Aqua Velva Man. He’s really quite dashing.

    Conway looks like he’s a Brylcreem kind of guy.

    Sorry for you youngsters that might not have heard of either of these.

  2. InTheKnow says:

    I have heard Jackie Conway swung the wrong way during his early years. When did he see the light and switch back? The public has a right to know!

  3. William says:

    I hear Conway is more of a “Dapper Dan Man.”

  4. Chris says:

    That William is because FOP is just downright common!

  5. Tommy Caudill says:

    I’m ashamed of all the people on here who claim to be Christians and bash people for telling the truth. If you were truly a Christian or as conservative as you say you are, you wouldn’t want a man who calls water a god. Now, I realize he denied kidnapping or forcing anyone to take drugs but he never denied worshipping an idol.

  6. Tommy Caudill says:

    I guess we’re only Christian when it fits to be Christian, right? We go to church on Sunday but, how many people actually listen to the words? How many people only go for social status and to hear the juicy gossip from around town? If we listened to the words and read the words and each of us got baptized with they Holy Spirit, we wouldn’t actually vote for a man with these values, would we? I mean if your soul is cleansed and you’re truly honest with yourself you wouldn’t let this man in your backyard let alone vote for him to represent you in Washington.

  7. Tommy Caudill says:

    As conservative mom said “you wouldn’t dare be ready to stone Conway if this story was aimed at him. Shame on you for acting like a pack of wild dogs. Honestly, how far will the left sink in order to win this election?”

  8. Tommy Caudill says:

    Now I can ask the same question if this were Conway, wouldn’t the so called conservatives be on television everyday demanding an investigation? Wouldn’t you be calling on the democratic leadership to force Mr. Conway to step down as Attorney General and drop out of the race. If you’re truly honest you know it’s true.

  9. Tommy Caudill says:

    I can’t speak for every Conway supporter, but I will say I wouldn’t want anyone from my state regardless of party with these allegations against them representing me in Washington. What other states do I can’t help; they will have to answer for their votes.

  10. Tommy Caudill says:

    But, no our state doesn’t look bad enough already with the two Senators we have cutting off benefits to thousands of Americans not to mention the teachers of our children.

  11. Tommy Caudill says:

    I’m not sure who the republicans think they’re helping when they pull these stunts but it sure isn’t our children.

  12. johnsonoutboard says:

    TC – “I guess we’re only Christian when it fits to be Christian, right? ”

    I think on here (and the HL main web site) its more the folks that say they are Christian, but only act like it when they think their pastor can see them or will hear what they say.

    So in public and with their family they abide by the Christian tenants, but on here (where they think they are anonymous, but really aren’t if someone shows up with the right warrant), their inner, more base selves (and true selves) emerges.

  13. Chris says:

    Earth to Tommy Caudill……..Earth to Tommy Caudill……..Time for your meds and a nap. That is all.