It looks as if U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is giving up hope that the Kentucky General Assembly will change state law so that he can run for both re-election to the U.S. Senate and for president in 2016. Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, who sponsored a bill that would have changed the law last year, said that Paul told him not to bother with sponsoring the legislation again after the Democrats held on to the Kentucky House of Representatives in last month’s election. “I spoke with Sen. Paul … and he thanked me and our caucus support, but he told me that he was not going to pursue that route this session, but he is looking into other options that will not require our help,” Thayer said in a recent interview.
Thayer said that Paul is giving up hope because House Speaker Greg Stumbo has indicated that Democrats in the House wouldn’t pass such a bill. “There’s no doubt that Greg Stumbo would continue to be a roadblock,” said Thayer, a Georgetown Republican.
That leaves Paul looking for any number of solutions to a problem that could cost him his Senate seat or Kentucky’s delegates to the Republican National Convention, which will meet in Cleveland during the summer of 2016 to choose a presidential nominee.
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