The Republican Party of Kentucky’s central committee meets Saturday to vote on a plan that would let Senator Rand Paul seek Kentucky’s Republican presidential delegates in 2016 while allowing him to seek re-election to the U.S. Senate, at Paul’s request.
This is a very crucial vote for Paul. “I think it will pass,” Paul told reporters after speaking to a group of about 50 supporters at the London/Corbin Airport Friday morning. “We’ll be fine.”
Here’s Paul proposal in a nutshell – The party would need to drop out of the state’s traditional May presidential primary election and hold Republican presidential caucuses on March 5. Paul would then be allowed to seek Kentucky’s presidential delegates at the caucuses and still run for his party’s nomination for the U.S. Senate in May.
Some people scoff at the idea of trying to hold one seat and running for another.
— KIKI (@kwright39) August 22, 2015
It’s doubtful Rand Paul’s presidential campaign will survive the weekend! Dude is going bust! @cspanwj
— George Monroe (@Nupe117) August 22, 2015
KY law says you CANNOT run for 2 offices at the same time. So Rand Paul cannot run for both Senate AND President. Rand trying to change it
— slone (@slone) August 22, 2015
Paul has pledged that he will provide enough money to assure that the caucuses — estimated to cost $500,000 — can be held at no expense to the Republican Party of Kentucky.
Some insiders have said he damaged his cause a week ago when he sent a letter to committee members saying he had transferred $250,000 to the party as a show of good faith. His campaign later corrected that letter, saying he had put $250,000 aside to be transferred as a downpayment after the committee approves the plan Saturday.
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