While laws prohibiting running for two offices at once typically make sense by keeping well connected or powerful candidates from controlling a ballot and upsetting local races, in the case of presidential bids, they make less sense. Usually in cases like Paul’s, it isn’t too hard to get an exemption crafted, but stubborn Kentucky Democrats have left Rand Paul no choice but to do the caucus workaround.
Kentucky Republicans have finally agreed to do a presidential caucus which will permit Rand Paul to bypass a peculiar Kentucky law that prohibits candidates from having their name twice on the same ballot. It isn’t terribly unusual for a person who holds an existing office and is running for President to seek election to both offices; after all many are called, but only one is chosen for President. Even Paul acknowledges he has a “one in ten chance of winning” the presidential bid, which means this caucus is important to him and the citizens of Kentucky.
Because a caucus is expensive, Paul has offered to pay associated costs himself. This is only reasonable, both from a sense of personal responsibility, but also because it is a one time event designed to benefit him. The fact he stepped up and offered to pay the costs before even being asked once again shows the kind of personal integrity Rand Paul has which we so desperately need in the White House.
While this might seem like politics as usual, or just the sort of local quibbling that happens when a candidate faces odd problems in their home state, the Kentucky Republican caucus is far more important. The decent thing to do would have been for Kentucky to amend their law to allow for presidential bids, but partisan bickering could not be quelled long enough to make minor, common sense tweaks to a shortsighted law. Fortunately, the people of Kentucky now have a workaround, and will be able to easily vote for Rand Paul where they see fit. What do you think? Much ado about nothing? An important step in trying to clinch the presidential election? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
Written by Steve Coffman; Edited by staff
(Photo courtesy of Simon James, Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
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