11:24pm

Wed March 12, 2014
State Capitol

Ky. Senate Considers Bill Clearing the Way for Rand Paul Presidential Bid

Credit boldprogressives.org

A bill seeking to ensure a federal office holder in Kentucky could run for re-election and President of the United States at the same time is on its way to the full Senate.  Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayeris the sponsor of the bill, intended to clear the way for Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul's expected run for the presidency. 

 "I believe, as he does, that he can run for the senate and president right now, but I wanted to file this bill to give a little clarity to the situation," said Thayer.

Thayer says a successful run for president would not mean citizens in Kentucky would go unrepresented.  "If Senator Paul is elected President of the United States, he would serve out the term he is currently elected to through early January 2017, and then when his term of office is up, the office would be vacated and the governor of Kentucky would them make an appointment," added Thayer.

Thayer says this legislation would also pertain to any future races in which a sitting federal office holder in Kentucky would seek another federal position.