Trey Grayson handicaps the GOP gubernatorial primary

05/13/2015 03:43 PM

FORT MITCHELL – Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Trey Grayson believes that past history could be an indicator as to who wins the GOP gubernatorial primary on May 19.

Grayson, the former Kentucky Secretary of State and director of the Harvard University Institute of Politics, feels that this year’s GOP race could be a photo finish with Louisville businessman and former councilman Hal Heiner, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, and Louisville entrepreneur Matt Bevin all vying for the right to take on likely Democratic winner Jack Conway in the fall.

With Comer and Heiner going after each other hard in the final weeks, Grayson says history could favor Bevin.

“In 1987, former Governor John Y. Brown and then, Lt. Governor Steve Beshear were going at it, everybody thought that the race would be between the two of them, and then Wallace Wilkinson rode right down the middle,” Grayson said. “Most people thought the race would come down to those two, with Bevin being a little bit of a wild card. Now, he’s right there.”

Comer is contending with allegations that he physically abused an ex-girlfriend he was dating in college and took her to an abortion clinic in Louisville to pay for an abortion in 1991.

Grayson thinks that Comer can overcome the bad publicity and win the primary, but he must change the focus of the campaign back to the issues. He also believes that Comer has the most loyal supporters.

“He probably has the best, most passionate followers of the candidates,” Grayson said. “In a low turnout race, that’s pretty close, the votes are divided in three ways, he’s got a nice base that allows him to succeed.”

Grayson sat down with Pure Politics to analyze the GOP gubernatorial race.

One of things that he points out is that voters have four candidates to choose from with different backgrounds.


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