Bill would allow Paul to run for 2 offices

Associated Press


U.S. Sen. Rand Paul faces a potential quandary as he weighs whether to run for president in 2016 or focus solely on re-election to his Senate seat. Legislation introduced Thursday in his home state would allow him to run for both.

The measure would clarify that current Kentucky law, which prevents someone from running for multiple offices, does not apply to federal elections, said state Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer.

His bill would allow Kentucky candidates’ names to appear twice on the same ballot if one or both offices sought are federal offices.

“He [Paul] is the impetus for it, but it could affect anyone in the federal delegation,” said Thayer, R-Georgetown, who introduced the bill in the GOP-led Kentucky Senate.

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