Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning backs James Comer's bid for GOP gubernatorial nod

01/20/2015 03:05 PM

Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning has endorsed Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer’s gubernatorial bid, giving the Republican hopeful a fifth current or former member of Congress supporting his campaign.

Comer announced the endorsement, first reported by The Lexington Herald-Leader, on Tuesday.

Bunning, a Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher from Fort Thomas, served in the Senate from 1998 through 2010 after six terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Comer, Bunning said in a news release, “has consistently demonstrated his ability to fight government waste and abuse while implementing economic growth initiatives.”

“Kentucky faces many challenges that will require proven leadership,” he said in a statement. “James Comer is the candidate in this race that is ready to lead on day one.”

Others elected to Congress who have backed Comer’s gubernatorial bid include U.S. Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Hopkinsville and Thomas Massie, R-Garrison, and former GOP U.S. Reps. Anne Northup of Louisville and Ron Lewis of Cecilia.

Comer, in a news release, said he’s “humbled” by Bunning’s support.

“For years, he has held the bullhorn for conservative values and time has proven that he was right on so many issues,” he said in a statement. “He established the Republican Party in northern Kentucky and paved the way for many Republicans in that region and throughout the Commonwealth.”

Comer, a 42-year-old in his first term as agriculture commissioner, is running against former Louisville Metro Council member Hal Heiner and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott in the May 19 GOP primary.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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