T.J. Comer makes pitch on behalf of her husband; Bevin plays off of negative politics in latest ads

05/13/2015 03:56 PM

In some of their final pitches to voters, candidates seeking the Republican gubernatorial nomination are taking softer approaches on the television airwaves as Tuesday’s primary nears.

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has tapped his wife, T.J. Comer, to stand in on his behalf in the latest ad after a tumultuous week of negative stories alleging he physically and mentally abused a college girlfriend.

The campaigning got so bad, that the Washington Post declared Kentucky’s primary the “nastiest race” of 2015.

In the ad T.J. says she knows, “James Comer as a loving father and proud father of three children.”

“You probably know James as our ag commissioner, where he saved taxpayer dollars, made government smaller and protected Kentucky jobs,” she says in the ad. “He’s a man led by his faith in God.”

Comer’s campaign emailed the ad to supporters with the headline: “I know Jamie.”

Meanwhile, Matt Bevin is again seeking to capitalize off of the primary infighting in his latest ad.

“Politics has become pretty nasty lately,” Bevin says to open his ad.

Bevin has blasted the campaign of Hal Heiner in recent weeks for “soiling the bed” of the GOP. His ammo comes from the two pro-Heiner PACs running negative ads against Bevin and Comer in the campaign.

Heiner and his campaign have returned the charge, saying that it is Bevin who has been targeting Republicans. They point to Bevin’s 2014 primary run for U.S. Senate against Mitch McConnell.

In the ad, Bevin says he’s “running a positive campaign.”

“I’ll fight to cut taxes, shrink state government, repeal Common Core, dismantle kynect and address our pension crisis,” Bevin says in the ad. “This is what I’ll fight for, because I’ll govern as I live … as a real deal conservative.”


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