Comer says Derby pick -- Dance With Fate -- reflects gubernatorial ambitions

05/03/2014 04:33 PM

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s reason for picking Dance With Fate in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby sounded suspiciously like a campaign theme.

“I believe he’s got a pretty good past record. And I think it’s important to bet on someone who has proven success,” Comer said of the horse. He said he’s not ready to officially announce whether that will be his theme in a 2015 run for the Republican nomination for governor.

Republican Hal Heiner, who was out of town Saturday, already is in the race with K.C. Crosbie, a former Lexington councilwoman.

But Comer said he has in mind a short list of about 10 potential lieutenant governor candidates to run with. He said he’s looking at both potential candidates from the private sector and from the state legislature and government.

He said if he decides to run he will select a “top notch pick who voters can say, ‘You know, I can vote for that person for governor.’”

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