A bill allowing Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul to simultaneously run for the presidency and re-election to his U.S. Senate seat in 2016 died earlier this week when the Kentucky legislature adjourned for the year.Would Rand really give up his Senate seat for a long-shot Presidential run?
The bill had passed the Republican-controlled state Senate, but stalled in the Democratic-controlled state House of Representatives.
"In Kentucky, you ought to run for one office at a time," Brian Wilkerson, a spokesman for Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, told CNN on Thursday. "The speaker's thoughts haven't changed on that."
The state's Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, is highly unlikely to call the legislature into special session to consider the measure. And that means if Paul's allies in the state legislature want to try again, they're going to have to wait until the legislature reconvenes next January.
By that time, a number of 2016 White House contenders may already be officially in the race.
Jennifer "Crazy Lady" Rubin weighs in with her thoughts:
The trickiest issue, however, may be Kentucky state law, which while open to interpretations, seems to preclude Rand Paul from running simultaneously for re-election and for president. His allies’ efforts to change the law have now stalled, and with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggesting it is unseemly to run for two offices at once, Rand Paul may have to choose which he pursues. If confronted with the choice, Rand Paul, many would guess, will go for the presidency. He’s never shown much affection for legislating...In a real sense it is now or never for him, and a failed presidential run could well end his years in elected office