Comer hires new campaign manger to replace Holly Harris-Von Luehrte

12/19/2014 08:45 PM

The campaign for GOP Gubernatorial primary contender James Comer announced late Friday that senior strategist Holly Harris-Von Luehrte was leaving the campaign and she would be replaced by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s former field representative, Edwin King.

King will take over day-to-day operations of the campaign including Campaign Director and spokesman, something Harris-Von Luehrte had been doing.

Harris said the decision to step aside came with family considerations.

“[I] Just need to spend time with my 3 yr old and enjoy life for a while,” Harris-Von Luehrte told Pure Politics in a text message. “Commissioner Comer is like a brother to me and he knows I’m always a phone call away.”

Comer credited Harris-Von Luehrte as a major player in getting the campaign off the ground.

“Holly organized one of the most successful statewide campaign launches in modern Kentucky history. The campaign would not be where it is today without her leadership. We are truly grateful for her diligence and dedication to this campaign. I value her friendship and wish her much success in her next endeavor.” Comer said.

Previous to working on Comer’s campaign Harris-Von Luehrte served as general counsel in Comer’s Dept. of Agriculture.

King will assume the position the first week in January and comes with a full Kentucky political resume including working for former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning as a legislative staff member and as campaign manager for State Senator and candidate for Lieutenant Governor Chris McDaniel during his primary campaign in 2012.

“Edwin’s experience in the Kentucky political arena is invaluable, and his organizational skills and management style make him the perfect fit for this role,” said Comer. “Our message is resonating with people across the Commonwealth and I’m thrilled to add Edwin to our strong organization as we continue spreading that message to all Kentuckians.”

McDaniel also remarked on his appreciation of King in the press release.

“I am very glad to have Edwin on board. I certainly understand the level of leadership and character he brings to a campaign, and I look forward to working with him on another successful campaign,” McDaniel said.

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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