Even if U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green, foots the bill for his proposed presidential caucuses, his motivation – to skirt a state law that prohibits candidates from appearing twice on a ballot – should not sit well with Kentuckians.
If Kentucky holds Republican presidential caucuses – where voters gather in person to choose a candidate – instead of the traditional primary, it opens the door for Paul to pursue his presidential ambitions while simultaneously seeking a second term as a senator. Kentucky’s senior U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said this week he supports Paul’s plan and expects the Republican Party of Kentucky’s Central Committee to approve the caucuses this weekend, according to The Courier-Journal.
This seems like a lot of unnecessary fuss over a candidate whose presidential campaign is so inert that some wonder whether Paul will be among the first of the GOP throng to drop out of the race. There’s a long way to go, of course, but Paul already has a ton of ground to make up and the political momentum he enjoyed in recent years is sputtering.
Kentucky Republicans would be able to select whatever candidate they choose in the proposed caucuses, but since Paul’s aspirations and money are at the center of the push, it is reasonable to feel that Paul is attempting to buy the state’s delegation.
The state law banning dual candidacy is a good one. If the rule is a problem for Paul, so be it. He is not entitled to seek both the Senate and the White House at the same time, so rather than forking over cash to find a loophole, Paul needs to make a tough decision – ordinary Americans make them every day, and frankly, making hard calls is part of the job description for senators and presidents alike.
Glasgow Daily Times