Comer says remaining debt from 2011 campaign has been retired thanks to Craft, other donors

08/29/2013 09:40 AM

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer was the only statewide official who started this year with any leftover debt from his 2011 race.

Comer lent $100,000 of his personal funds to the campaign in October 2011 just before soundly defeating Democratic candidate Bob Farmer on Comer’s way to being the only Republican candidate to win that fall. Of that loan, $40,500 was still outstanding at the start of the year, according to his last filing with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

But Comer has held fundraisers and received donations from supporters, such as coal company owner Joe Craft, Comer said. His next annual report to the registry isn’t due until November. Paying back the old campaign debt comes as Comer considers running for governor in 2015.

“It was a tough year to be a Republican, I really believed that if I could get my message out that I could win that election,” Comer said. “And I am a farm boy from Monroe County so that was a pretty big risk but I believe in Agriculture and I believed if I could get the opportunity to serve that I could make a difference. And hopefully people see that we’ve done that.”


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