College antics–sometimes a problem later in life. To wit, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent writes for The Plum Line:
The Rand Paul campaign is now threatening legal action against GQ magazine over its much-discussed report quoting an anonymous woman claiming Paul kidnapped her in college and forced her to take bong hits.
“We are investigating all our options — including legal ones,” Rand Paul spokesman Jesse Benton emails me. “We will not tolerate drive by Journalism by a writer with a leftist agenda.”
This is the most direct denial, or response, yet from the Paul campaign to the allegations in the article, though the campaign has not yet said flat out that the allegations are false…
According to GQ, young Rand Paul is alleged to have kidnapped a fellow college swim team member, tied her up, tried to force marijuana on her, then took her to a stream where she was made to “worship” the “Aqua Buddha”–presumably the spiritual mascot of the swim team, or maybe an imaginative product of the aforementioned bong hits.
Either way, not very senatorial, and the details are wacky enough that you can’t really excuse the situation by saying “everybody does it.” Everybody gets a little crazy in college at one time or another, not every college student kidnaps their ‘friends’ and tries to force pot and idolatry on them. And those who do could rightly encounter trouble as a conservative U.S. Senate candidate.