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Massie Endorses Comer-McDaniel in Race for Kentucky Governor

Congressman Thomas Massie has thrown his support behind Agriculture Commissioner James Comer's quest for governor in 2015.

Massie has represented Northern Kentucky in the US House since 2012. Comer's running mate is Kenton County State Senator Chris McDaniel.

“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 Congressman in the Kentucky delegation to throw his support behind Comer for Governor. Congressman Ed Whitfield announced his support for the Comer/McDaniel ticket in October. 

Comer faces former Louisville Alderman Hal Heiner (and running mate, former Lexington City Council member K.C Crosbie) in May's Republican primary. So far, Attorney General Jack Conway is the only announced Democratic candidate.

“I am honored to have Congressman Massie’s support," Comer said in a statement. "The Congressman was an invaluable partner at the federal level in our efforts to launch the industrial hemp program in Kentucky,. 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.”

Massie serves on the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, and the Committee on Science, Space & Technology. In 2013 and 2014, Massie partnered with Comer by introducing and passing federal legislation that eliminated federal barriers to Kentucky’s industrial hemp program.

-Staff report

Photo: Comer speaks in Covington as McDaniel and Massie listen/RCN file