April 1, 2014
To the Editor:
“Seeking Two Offices”
After reading “Senator Gibson’s legislative update,” I am not surprised the Senate passed Senate Bill 205, which will permit Sen. Rand Paul to run for the presidency and the senate at the same time, and I have no particular problem with that. However, I am surprised that some in the republican party and, in particular, the tea party, are not objecting. We can be reasonably sure that we Kentuckians are going to elect a republican senator and vote for a republican candidate for the presidency. The republicans are taking a gamble, however, because if Sen. Paul did win both offices, I assume he would take the job as President, thus leaving the senate seat vacant. Should we happen to have a democratic governor at the time, he probably would appoint a democrat to the senate seat.
It appears to me that, if Sen. Paul was dedicated to the republican philosophy of government, he would ask one of his associates to run for the senate seat because history tells us Kentuckians vote for a republican senator. If I could make a bet, I would gamble that Sen. Paul will choose to run for both the senate and the presidency and that Kentucky could possibly have a democratic senator.