McConnell backs Ky. bill aimed to help Paul run for both Senate, WH

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March 8, 2014

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been lobbying behind the scenes for a Kentucky bill that would allow a candidate to run for two federal offices at the same time, according to a state senator.

Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer (R) on Thursday officially introduced a bill aimed at clarifying a state law that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to appear on the ballot for the presidency in 2016 as well as reelection to the Senate.

Thayer said he introduced the bill after being approached by Paul’s staff and told the Lexington Herald-Leader that McConnell is “strongly behind” the proposal as well, and has been making calls to state lawmakers about it.
“I know he’s in favor of this, and he’s been working behind the scenes to try to help,” Thayer told the newspaper about McConnell.

McConnell has formed an alliance with the junior senator since his election in 2010, and Paul has endorsed McConnell’s reelection bid this year.

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