Pro-Comer PAC urging voters to get behind its candidate in new TV spot

04/03/2015 10:51 AM

Kentuckians for Growth, Opportunity and Prosperity is urging voters to back Agriculture Commissioner James Comer in his bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, according to a copy of a television ad obtained by Pure Politics Friday.

“We need a bold leader like James Comer, a conservative Republican with experience trimming government fat and increasing economic growth,” a male narrator says in the 30-second spot, which is set to air Monday for the start of a three-week ad buy costing up to $475,000 in the Lexington, Louisville and Bowling Green markets.

“And when he fights the Obama administration, he wins. We need James Comer now more than ever.”

The ad prominently features footage of Comer’s campaign rollout in Tompkinsville Sept. 9, paced by fast-tempo music.

“This commercial reflects the energy and enthusiasm we see for the Comer-McDaniel ticket across Kentucky,” Kathryn Breiwa, KGOP’s executive director, said in a statement. “Voters are excited about this team and we hope to spread that feeling through our advertising.”

The KGOP ad, the first television spot from an outside spender in this year’s gubernatorial race, can be viewed here:

Comer is one of four Republicans seeking the party’s gubernatorial nomination May 19.

The campaign for Hal Heiner, a former Louisville Metro Council member, declined to comment on KGOP’s entry in the primary Thursday while campaigns for former U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott dismissed the political action committee’s emergence on the television airwaves.

KGOP has also spent nearly $75,000 in radio ads, Breiwa told Pure Politics Thursday.

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 kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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