Rand Paul Facing Flack for Fancy Farm Comment & GQ Article

Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul has angered a small-town church, by saying he and other politicians at the parish

Republican Rand Paul speaks at the 129th annual Fancy Farm Picnic Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 in Fancy Farm, KY. Paul, the son of 2008 presidential candidate Ron Paul, ended months of speculation Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009 by saying he will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by fellow Republican Jim Bunning. (AP Photo/ Daniel R. Patmore)

Rand Paul told conservative radio personality Sean Hannity Tuesday night, the picnic at St. Jerome Parish in western Kentucky Saturday was wild, partisan, and people boo the politicians. He also said they were worried beer and other objects would be thrown at them.

The picnic does not serve alcohol, because it is illegal in the community. Nothing was thrown.

Parishioner Mark Wilson called for Paul to retract the unflattering comments. He said they might discourage families from attending in the future.

The picnic has been a political tradition and a good fundraiser for the parish for 130 years.

Meanwhile, Paul denies suggestions he ever kidnapped anyone or forced them to use drugs, and says he hasn't ruled out a lawsuit against the magazine that ran an article describing events from his college days.

The article in GQ quotes an unnamed woman as saying she and Paul were on the swim team together a quarter century ago at Baylor University. It quotes her as saying Paul and a friend once blindfolded her, tied her up, drove her to their house, and tried to force her to smoke marijuana.

In an interview on Fox News, Paul did not directly answer when asked about another detail in the article attributed to the woman -- that Paul and his friend told her their god was "Aqua Buddha" and she should bow down to him.


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