Thayer Mulling Bill to Let Rand Paul Run for Senate, POTUS

Mar 4, 2014

Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer
Credit Kentucky Legislative Research Commission

A state Republican lawmaker is considering filing a bill that will permit U.S. Senator Rand Paul to run for re-election in Congress, as well as President of the United States.

Senate GOP Floor Leader Damon Thayer is mulling legislation that would clarify a state law that prohibits candidates from holding or running for two offices simultaneously.

Thayer says that Paul discussed the issue with members of the Senate Republican caucus earlier this month. He says that since some states don’t prohibit candidates from seeking two offices, current law would put Paul at a relative disadvantage if he sought the Republican presidential nomination.

“I think Sen. Paul has a strong legal case, whether or not the General Assembly takes action, commented Thayer.  "So 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, who is rumored to be a GOP frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, has not officially announced his intention to seek higher office.