Bill Would Let Rand Paul Run for Two Offices at Once

Mar 7, 2014

Credit Lisa Autry

Rand Paul's biggest political decision is approaching: whether to run for president in 2016 or focus solely on re-election to his U.S. Senate seat.

A Republican lawmaker from his home state wants to free him from the potential dilemma by letting him run for both.

State Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer said Thursday he wants to clarify that current Kentucky law, which prevents someone from running for multiple offices, does not apply to federal elections.

A bill he introduced would allow candidates' names to appear twice on the same ballot if one or both offices sought are federal offices.

Thayer says he was approached by Paul's staff about the legislation and later spoke several times with Kentucky's freshman senator about it.

“I think Sen. Paul has a strong legal case, whether or not the General Assembly takes action," said Thayer."  I’m interested in supporting his desire to consider the presidency, because I don’t want him to run with one hand tied behind his back.”

Paul has said he won't make a decision about a White House bid until after the midterm elections in November.

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