President Obama co-stars in latest pro-Comer super PAC ad

04/29/2015 10:35 AM

Kentuckians for Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity has rolled out a new television ad boosting Republican gubernatorial candidate James Comer’s profile against a familiar Democratic foe less than three weeks before GOP voters hit the polls.

President Barack Obama has a co-starring role in the 30-second KGOP spot, which is airing in the Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and Hazard broadcast markets per Federal Communications Commission filings.

An official with KGOP — a super political action committee backing Comer’s gubernatorial bid that has raised $754,500 and spent more than $620,000, according to its 32-day pre-primary report to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance — did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

The ad starts with images of the president, who is particularly unpopular in Kentucky, in mock newspaper front pages while a narrator talks about the Affordable Care Act, economy and “war on coal.”

“Obama’s term is almost over, but his job-killing policies aren’t,” a female narrator says in the ad. “We need a proven, effective leader as governor: James Comer.”

The ad, which also notes the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s legal battle to have seized hemp seeds released from federal custody, can be viewed here:

This marks the second KGOP television ad of the primary election cycle and comes days after a 501(c )(4) group supporting former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, Citizens for a Sound Government, began airing its second TV spot assailing Comer’s vote to boost legislative pensions in 2005.

Heiner and Comer, Kentucky’s agriculture commissioner, are seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination in a field that includes Louisville investment manager Matt Bevin and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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