What Is The Rand Paul ‘Caucus’ Situation?

According to Politico, U.S. Senator Rand Paul is trying to convince his state’s central GOP committee to change Kentucky’s presidential “primary” voting system to a “caucus” system instead.

Politico: “By holding a caucus, in which voters organize by local precinct and choose their preferred candidate, Paul believes he can circumvent the state’s prohibition that candidates cannot appear on the ballot for two offices at the same time. The senator is running for reelection to his Senate seat in 2016, as well.”

So, Paul believes that if he can change Kentucky’s “primary” system to a “caucus” system, he will then be able to run for both President and the Senate.

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Paul has already transferred $250,000 to the Republican Party of Kentucky as a down payment on the presidential caucuses he has asked the party to conduct in March.

He reportedly told this to members of the state party’s central committee in an email Monday.  The committee has roughly 350 members.

In his email, Paul repeated his promise that he “will fully fund this caucus,” writes the Herald-Ledger.

“I wanted to formally ask you once again to vote for this plan,” he wrote. “Before you do, I wanted you to hear straight from me about the plan to fund it.”

Paul reportedly said “numbers aren’t 100 percent final,” but estimates put the cost of a caucus at $400,000 to $500,000.

In addition to the $250,000 payment, Paul said he would “raise or transfer” $200,000 more “at a date agreed upon by my team and RPK [Republican Party of Kentucky], roughly midfall after all the budgets and rules are finalized, the RNC (Republican National Committee) accepts our plan, the caucus is an absolute legal certainty and the funds are shown to be needed.”

(Updated report)

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/rand-paul-promises-pay-kentucky-caucus-121443.html

http://www.kentucky.com/2015/08/17/3992690/rand-paul-makes-250000-down-payment.html#storylink=cpy

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