I’m not really sure if it is a good idea for the state Republican Party in Kentucky to do this, but according to The Hill, they may allow Sen. Rand Paul the ability to run for both President and reelection to the U.S. Senate.
According to the article, Paul already announced he was running for his seat in the Senate and state law bars him from being on the ballot for more than one office.
Apparently this has been in the making for some time because Paul has been hinting at a run for the White House for months now and is even expected to announce a run in a month or so.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out with those in the Bluegrass State come time to caucus.
Read the story here:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) got a green light for launching a presidential bid Saturday, with Republican party leaders in Kentucky agreeing to preliminarily approve a system allowing Paul to run for the White House while seeking reelection to the Senate.
The state party’s executive committee met for nearly two hours Saturday behind closed doors in Bowling Green before unanimously approving Paul’s request to hold a presidential caucus in 2016 instead of a primary election, according to The Courier-Journal.
Kentucky law bars a candidate from running for multiple offices on the same ballot. Paul had announced in December his intention to pursue reelection to Senate and is expected to make an announcement on a presidential bid early next month.
State GOP officials must still give final approval to the change in August, according to The Associated Press, but the vote Saturday indicates state party leaders’ endorsement of Paul simultaneously running for both offices.
“I just want to be treated like many other candidates around the country who have not been restricted,” Paul told reporters after the vote, according to the AP.
Paul has been moving toward launching a presidential bid for months, criss-crossing the country to raise support.
Should he enter the race, he join about two dozen potential Republican contenders, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
State law prohibits another potential Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), from pursuing two offices. Rubio has not said whether he will seek reelection or launch a White House bid.