Comer announces run for governor; Conway talks 2015 from Fancy Farm

08/02/2014 06:15 PM

FANCY FARM — Republican James Comer announced Saturday that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2015. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Conway also made his pitch for the office touting his record as Attorney General.

Comer followed Conway in the speaking order and directed some of his comments towards the Democrat. Referencing a 2009 comment Conway said at the picnic “go ahead and chew on my hide.” The response from Comer in 2014, “this is going to sound like a public service announcement, but that is not a Kentucky Proud product.”

In his recent remarks Comer has been going after Conway and Republican Hal Heiner, who announced his run for governor in March. Of particular exception to Comer has been the $4.2 million Heiner has pumped into his campaign since announcing.

“I predict your next governor will not be a multimillionaire from Louisville,” Comer said.

Comer said will officially kick off the campaign on September 9 in Tompkinsville, his hometown.

Heiner was also at Fancy Farm, though, he was not invited to speak from the stage because he is not on the ballot in 2014 or a statewide officer holder.

“Kentucky needs a Governor with an outsiders perspective, someone who is concerned with growing and attracting high-quality jobs, not the political status quo,” Heiner said in a statement. “As someone who has spent the last 30 years working in the business of job attraction, I believe I am uniquely qualified to get our economy back on track and grow jobs for Kentucky families.”

Comer joined Pure Politics to talk about the run and his top priorities for the office.

Conway, who is the lone Democrat in the race for governor so far, also made his pitch for the office from the stage at Fancy Farm calling on more of a focus on “people over politics.”

Rep. Sannie Overly, D-Paris, is running as Conway’s lieutenant governor and Conway said they’re going to fight together to keep the House.

Conway has been straddling the line on his run in 2015 and Democrats efforts to hold the state House and elect Alison Grimes to the U.S. Senate.

Other potential 2015 contenders making appearances at Fancy Farm include Democrats Daniel Mongiardo and Rep. Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, and Republicans Cathy Bailey and Matt Bevin.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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