BY Sean Alfano
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Rand Paul's Democratic opponent is attempting to put the Tea Party flamethrower in hot water over alleged college pranks almost 30 years ago.
The hard-hitting ad, the latest in a series of barbs exchanged between the candidates in the heated Kentucky senate race, rips Paul as an anti-Christian lunatic who once tied a woman up and forced her to bow down to a god dubbed the "aqua Buddha."
"It's all lies" and "completely untrue," Paul told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "It's been on the Internet blogs about an anonymous woman who I have no idea who she is."
The woman referenced in the ad said it overstates the severity of the incident, calling it a "hazing prank," but said overall it was accurate.
"My whole point in sharing [the episode] was that Randy used to be a different person with different views that have radically changed, and he's not acknowledging that," the woman, who remains anonymous, told The Washington Post. "That is why I shared it in the first place."
During a debate Sunday, Paul refused to shake rival Jack Conway's hand and demanded an apology for the ad, touting himself as a Pro-Life Christian.
To combat the spot, Paul trotted out Christian leaders who blasted Conway for poor taste.
"What would that ad look like if Rand Paul was a Jew and they used words like Christ and holy Bible and false God?" Hershael York, a professor at the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, told Politico. "The Democratic Party would not tolerate this it were coming from a Republican opponent, and they should not tolerate it coming from Jack Conway."
Conway stood by the ad Tuesday. "I'm not questioning his faith. I'm questioning his actions," Conway said.
In addition to the mock kidnapping claim, the ad says Paul was part of a group called the NoZe Brotherhood during his time at Baylor University, which called the bible "a hoax."
The ad could be working in Conway's favor as the Post reported the Democrat has a 49-47 edge over Paul since it began airing last week.