Comer mixes policy and political connections in visit to 120th county in 2012

12/18/2012 04:54 PM

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer made good on a promise to voters during his 2011 campaign by visiting all 120 Kentucky counties as he spoke at an event Monday in his last one: Martin County.

And the visit attracted a pair of political heavy hitters — connections that could be key for Comer’s political future.

Comer met with local and state business leaders at a restaurant in Inez to pitch strategies for agriculture to spur rural economic development. For instance, he suggested which crops could thrive in the rougher mountain landscape in Eastern Kentucky or even be grown on reclaimed strip mines.

While in Martin County, Comer also met with county officials and business leaders such as R. Mike Duncan, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee and current CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

Comer also met with James Booth, the president of several coal related businesses and 2013 Chairman of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Booth is also a major political donor to Kentucky candidates from both parties.

Here’s a video dispatch from the trip:

Nick Storm

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