Grimes Threatens Legal Action if Rand Paul Seeks 2016 Reelection and Presidential Run

AP Photo/The Daily News, Austin Anthony
AP Photo/The Daily News, Austin Anthony

Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state and failed Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, says she is prepared to take Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to court if he attempts to run for both reelection and president in 2016.

Weeks after her midterm challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ended in defeat, Grimes spoke to WHAS11 about the prospect of a Paul presidential candidacy, making it clear that Kentucky Democrats will put up a fight.

“The law is clear,” Grimes told the ABC affiliate. “You can’t be on the ballot twice for two offices.”

While he has not announced a run for president, Paul has hinted about his presidential aspirations and is seen as a likely Republican candidate in 2016. He also has said he intends to run for reelection in 2016.

According to WHAS, Paul and the Kentucky GOP have considered ways to work around the law, including challenging it in court or shifting the Republican primary to a caucus.

“I will not be bullied,” Grimes added to the station. “I think hopefully the people of Kentucky understand that over the course of this past year, and I will not hesitate to seek help and assistance in the opinion of a court.”

A Paul spokesman was not prepared to offer comment Thursday morning.