Comer: Campaign advisers will meet before Fancy Farm about 2015; Guthries decision 'changes dynamics'

07/18/2013 03:33 PM

Republican James Comer, the agriculture commissioner, said Republican U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie’s decision not to run for governor “changes the dynamics” for 2015, prompting Comer to assemble a group of “very important people for the campaign” the night before Fancy Farm.

Comer, who now is an early frontrunner for the GOP nomination for governor, said he would be “closer than ever” to making a decision on whether or not to run in the race.

“It certainly changes the dynamics of things,” Comer said of the announcement by Guthrie earlier this week. “I think Brett is an outstanding congressman. He and I never would’ve run against each other. I think we would have sat down and talked about it.”

To formally run for governor, Comer would have to name a running mate to begin fundraising in the race. Comer said he has a “pretty good short list,” adding that he is being contacted by people around the state.

State Rep. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, has been mentioned as a possible lieutenant governor pick, and Comer did not deny she “should be on any type of short list” being put together.

Comer said the group assembled the night before Fancy Farm will discuss the candidates for lieutenant governor.

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@charter.com.

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