Comer feels good heading into final months of GOP primary campaign

03/05/2015 02:10 PM

With a slight lead in early polling, GOP gubernatorial hopeful James Comer says it is “amazing” to be in that position despite the early cash spent by Hal Heiner in the race.

In an interview with Pure Politics on Monday, Comer said he has been holding his campaign cash for the end of the race and will now begin to spend those funds. With less than 80 days to go, Comer said he plans to stay on TV through the end of the race.

“I think what you’re going to see over the next 80 days is the lead that we have expand,” he said. “We’re not going to let off the gas — we’re going to campaign hard.”

Comer, the state’s agriculture commissioner, is running against Heiner, a former Louisville Metro Council member, former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin and former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott in the May 19 primary.

“When you look at the four candidates in the race, there’s not a lot of difference on the issues,” Comer said. “I think everyone would agree that you have four candidates running as conservative, pro-business Republicans that are running to improve the business climate.”

“It gets down into personalities and electability,” he added, making his case as the most electable Republican in the general election.

Continuing his pledge to “run a positive campaign about ideas and achievements is paying off now and he plans to keep that strategy in the near future, he said.

Keeping his campaign staff small, Comer said he is heavily relying on a volunteer network to guide him through the primary.

“I’m doing more with less,” he said, taking a swipe at Heiner’s “paid staff” while noting volunteers are making calls for his campaign.

To hear Comer talk about the state pension system and Medicaid, watch the video above starting at the 7:30 mark.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, 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 the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@twcnews.com.

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