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Bill aims to smooth Paul's 2016 path

by Joe Arnold


Posted on March 6, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 6 at 11:46 PM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Should U-S Senator Rand Paul be allowed to run both for President and re-election in Kentucky?

Paul's senate seat is up for re-election in 2016, a presidential election year. Though Paul believes he can legally run for two federal offices at the same time, his office says he wants to clear up any doubts with a bill filed Thursday in the Kentucky State Senate.

The bill would clarify current Kentucky law which prevents someone running for multiple offices.  Under the bill, that restriction would not apply to federal elections.

"It's about giving the people of Kentucky a voice and clarifying the state law," explained the bill's sponsor Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown) the Majority Floor Leader, "so that the people of Kentucky can vote for or against him should he be the Republican nominee for president."

Dozens of other states allow their Members of Congress to run simultaneously for national office.

"He's 100 percent committed to running for re-election to the Senate," Paul spokesman Dan Bayens told the Associated Press. "Regardless of what other decisions he makes, he'll be on the ballot for Senate in Kentucky."

Thayer says Paul has an excellent chance of winning if he decides to run.

"He is the front runner for the nomination," Thayer said.  "Right now, there's a big group of people looking at it, but I think his message would have a chance to catch on in the early caucus and primary states and I think he would have a very good chance to be the nominee."

Thayer said Paul recently discussed the bill with the Republican Senate Caucus while Paul was at the state capitol to testify on a voting rights bill for ex-felons.