Tea party Congressman Thomas Massie endorses Comer in GOP gubernatorial primary

12/31/2014 10:37 AM

Republican gubernatorial primary candidate James Comer announced the endorsement of a prominent tea party figure in U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie of Vanceburg who represents the geographically diverse 4th Congressional district Wednesday.

Massie has not endorsed in other GOP primary contests, including U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s 2014 bid for re-election against primary contender Matt Bevin.

“James Comer is my choice for Kentucky’s next Governor because he exhibits the leadership qualities that our Commonwealth needs,” Massie said in a statement. “I’ve seen him in the halls of Congress advocating effectively on behalf of Kentucky’s farmers and entrepreneurs. I’ve watched him restore trust in the office of Commissioner of Agriculture by putting principles above party affiliation. Most importantly, I’ve seen how he listens, with genuine interest and concern, to the people all across Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District. I admire his work ethic, principles, and dedication to the people of our Commonwealth.

Massie is the second member of Kentucky’s federal delegation to announce his support of Comer. In October U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville endorsed Comer and Lt. Gov. candidate and state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Taylor Mill.

Comer lauded Massie in a statement crediting him as an “invaluable partner” in Comer’s attempts to launch industrial hemp farming in Kentucky.

“I am honored to have Congressman Massie’s support. The Congressman was an invaluable partner at the federal level in our efforts to launch the industrial hemp program in Kentucky,” Comer said. “He is a true conservative who fights against government overreach and waste on a daily basis. I am proud to have him as an ally in this campaign and in fighting against government inefficiency.”

Comer faces Louisville businessman Hal Heiner in the 2015 GOP gubernatorial primary.

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