With a day left, Thayer still unsure about filing bill to allow Rand Paul to run for U.S. Senate and White House in '16

03/05/2014 02:05 PM

Republican Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer said Wednesday he’s still not certain whether he will file a bill to change the wording of Kentucky law so that a candidate like U.S. Sen. Rand Paul could be on the same ballot for U.S. senator and U.S. president.

The deadline for filing new bills in the state Senate is Thursday. And Thayer said while the current statute prohibits a candidate from running for two offices at the same time, he said believes the statute was meant only to apply to state offices.

“I don’t believe the law was intended to apply to federal offices,” said Thayer. “I have a bill drafted and am looking at all options to try to get this done and filing a bill is one of them.”

But Thayer said he’s still trying to decide the best course of action.

“I believe that some action needs to be taken, either legislatively or by the courts to clarify that the existing statute only applies to state offices,” he said.

Paul is contemplating a run for president in 2016 and would be running for re-election to the U.S. Senate. Paul addressed Senate Republicans two weeks ago to discuss the issue.

“He just asked for our consideration and told us he is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate but he’s keeping his options open about running for president,” Thayer said.


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