Comer says anyone who announces 2015 intentions this early is 'selfish'

12/05/2013 08:15 PM

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, one of the Republicans considering running for governor in 2015, offered a preemptive strike at his potential GOP rival, saying that it would be “selfish” to get in the race now.

In Louisville Thursday, Comer said any person on either side of the aisle who decides to announce their intentions this early is taking attention away from other important races in 2014, such as the U.S. Senate race.

“I think anyone who files this early in 2013 or announces in 2013 or even January of 2014 is being selfish,” Comer said.

Comer’s comments to Pure Politics came after Louisville businessman and former Louisville Mayoral candidate Hal Heiner told the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman that he is looking at early 2014 to announce his intent for 2015.

Comer said any Republicans considering the race need to be focused on recruiting good candidates for the 2014 legislative races and helping the Republican caucus raise money for the election cycle.

As for his own intentions, Comer told Pure Politics he is still strongly considering the race and talking to some of the most influential names in the state. Comer stressed that he is getting a lot of positive feedback from around the state, particularly in Louisville—the hometown of Heiner.

Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts is the producer of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. In addition to booking guests and pulling all of the information from the field together into a half-hour show, Jacqueline is also a regular contributor to “The Grind.” That’s a weekly segment with the cn|2 political staff to take a closer look at some of the most important, most interesting and often least talked about happenings in Kentucky politics. Jacqueline is from Nashville, but she’s a proud Western Kentucky University graduate. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter @Jacqueline_cn2. She can be reached at 502-792-1114 or jacqueline.pitts@twcnews.com.

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