Republican Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wants to run for president in 2016, but also wants to run for reelection the the US Senate in case (ha ha) he doesn't win the presidency. But a Kentucky law "preventing candidates from having their names appear more than once on the ballot" would make that difficult if not impossible. So now Rand Paul suddenly cares a whole lot about federal law:
Joe Biden was re-elected to the Senate in 2008 in Delaware and resigned to assume the vice presidency he won in the same election. Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman ran for re-election in 2000 while teaming with Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore as his running mate. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan did the same thing while running as Republican Mitt Romney's running mate in the 2012 presidential election.

Paul, the son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul, said those examples only strengthen his position.

"Can you really have equal application of federal law if someone like Paul Ryan or Joe Lieberman can run for two offices but in Kentucky you would be disallowed?" Paul said. "It seems like it might not be equal application of the law to do that. But that means involving a court, and I don't think we've made a decision on that. I think the easier way is to clarify the law."
"Clarify" it. Ha ha.
Kentucky lawmakers considered legislation this year that would have relieved Paul from the potential quandary. The GOP-led state Senate passed a bill that would have revised the ballot law so as not to apply to candidates running for president or vice president. The measure died in the Democratic-run House.

Paul's camp maintains that states don't have authority to restrict ballot access for federal elections. A Republican with considerable tea party support, Paul maintains that federal law governs federal elections.
So much for states' rights, when it comes to Rand Paul getting what the fuck he wants.


Would that he and his cohorts showed so much passion for federal governance of elections when it came to protecting voting rights.

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