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August 3, 2013

Trio gets early start on 2015 governor's race



But, Edelen asked, how did that power benefit the 1,100 employees whose jobs are in danger from the shutdown of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, or the soldiers who will be moved from Kentucky military bases or the coal miners who have lost jobs?

Comer is widely viewed as the favorite to lead the Republican ticket in 2015 after garnering more votes than any other candidate, Republican or Democrat, in the 2011 statewide election and representing the only Republican to win one of those races.

He dutifully urged the crowd to support McConnell’s re-election telling them the 2014 will be decided by whether voters support or oppose the Affordable Care Act which Republicans call Obamacare and which is widely unpopular in Kentucky.

(Grimes says changes need to be made in the law but hasn’t identified them. She also has said it’s a waste of time for House Republicans to continually try to repeal the law when the measure has no chance in the Senate. McConnell has promised to repeal it “root and branch,” while Bevin supports efforts to require defunding of ACA in any budget.)

But Comer didn’t tamp down the gubernatorial speculation Saturday.

After promising to do all he can to help McConnell’s re-election, Comer said Republicans shouldn’t stop at that.

“We’re going to be all hands on deck in 2014 and were going to win that senate race,” said Comer who drew as loud a welcoming ovation as anybody Saturday.

“But we’re not going to stop there,” he continued. “In 2015 we’ve got to elect a new governor in this state,” as the large Republican contingent roared its approval.

But Comer wasn’t the only Republican at Fancy Farm who may be eyeing a 2015 gubernatorial bid.

Working the crowd was Republican Hal Heiner, a member of the Louisville Metro Council who lost a mayoral race to current Louisville mayor Greg Fischer. Heiner has indicated he’s looking at the 2015 race.

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