As we recently reported, Rand Paul has been dealing with the unique issue of running for president and his senate seat at the same time. Yesterday, his plans were approved.
Dave Weigel of the Washington Post:
Rand Paul sells Kentucky GOP on presidential caucus
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) avoided a major headache Saturday after Kentucky Republican Party approved a rule change that would allow him to run for president while seeking reelection to his Senate seat.
“I applaud the Republican Party of Kentucky on their decision to hold a caucus in the upcoming Republican presidential cycle,” Paul said in a statement. “The people of Kentucky deserve a voice as the GOP chooses their next nominee, and holding a caucus will ensure that Kentucky is relevant and participates early in the process.”
The party’s central committee approved Kentucky’s first-ever presidential caucus for March 5, 2016. The vote was 111 to 36, a stronger showing than expected, after a drama that took most of the day — ending just 20 minutes before the meeting had to end. Two-third of the central committee were needed to approve the caucus.
This report from FOX 56 in Kentucky will give you more on the process:
Paul sent out this press release yesterday afternoon:
Rand Paul Applauds the Republican Party of Kentucky
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Republican Party of Kentucky today voted in favor of holding a caucus for the upcoming 2016 presidential election. Following this decision, Sen. Rand Paul issued a statement supporting the efforts of the Kentucky state party:
“I applaud the Republican Party of Kentucky on their decision to hold a caucus in the upcoming Republican presidential cycle. The people of Kentucky deserve a voice as the GOP chooses their next nominee, and holding a caucus will ensure that Kentucky is relevant and participates early in the process. I am also grateful for the Republican Party’s trust in me, allowing me to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate and seek the nomination for the Presidency of the United States,” Sen. Rand Paul said.
Paul’s supporters also seem happy with the decision:
A crowd of people are waiting outside the Capital Plaza Hotel in Frankfort for Senator Rand Paul to arrive. pic.twitter.com/Ail5AbZVo9
— Mike Linden (@MikeLindenWX) August 22, 2015
Speaking to the crowd that came out to stand with me this morning in Frankfort. pic.twitter.com/01ekgQScJ0
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 22, 2015
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