GREENUP, Ky. — There was a constant flow of traffic in and out of the Greenup County Library from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for the Republican Caucus on Saturday.
Greenup County Republican Party Chairman Angela Mullannix, said Republicans had to be ready on March 5 to vote for their Presidential candidate of choice, and would not be able to vote in May due to Senator Rand Paul being on the ballot for two offices.
“The point of the Republican Caucus is that Kentucky is only one of, and I am going to say a handful of states left that does not allow a candidate to run for two different positions on the ballots,” Mullannix said. “And we were fortunate enough to have a candidate that wanted to run for his Senate seat, which is Senator Rand Paul, and throw his hat in for the Presidential race.”
Paul sought out the support of the entire Republican Party of Kentucky.
“So Senator Paul petitioned the entire Republican Party of Kentucky and asked if we would support this,” she said. “In doing so, he had to raise a certain amount of money that was not on the tax payers responsibility in any way, shape or form. If he (Paul) met that responsibility of that lump sum of money by a certain date then we would have a caucus, so that he could have his name for President and for Senate.”
The majority was met, and response overwhelming.
“It had to be voted on by every member of the Republican Party, every county chairman, and it had to meet a majority, and it was met overwhelmingly,” she said. “Every county has their own separate caucus location, there are a few in Kentucky that are sharing, because there just not a place to have it. We are fortunate enough to have the Library let us use this, and this is the Caucus location for Greenup County.”
Even the additional parking lot located in back of the Greenup County Library was completely full, as Republican voters came out to vote on Saturday, She said the Republican Caucus is very important.
“The reason this is so important is that your vote counts,” she said. “Having the Caucus in March, they are fighting for the delegates that Kentucky has. This makes our voice heard loud and clear, and makes us more relevant. I am extremely thrilled with the crowd. I am blown away, because it wasn’t expected, so I consider the crowd, while it may be a little bit of a hindrance for some, I consider it a blessing that people are coming out.”
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