Throughout the gubernatorial primary, Jamie Comer’s sent weekly email updates to his inner circle — or the people he things are deeply on his side.
You’ve seen a few examples, thanks to rogue members of his staff, but here’s one from just a few weeks ago:
It’s 72 days until the Primary and our superior organization is getting fully activated. Our volunteers began making phone calls last week, our social media activity continues to increase, our events are attracting large crowds, we are seeing vehicles displaying our bumper stickers on every road we travel, and many of the politicos who were undecided through the first six months of the campaign are now committing to Team Comer. As I said on my 20 minute CN2 interview this past week, “It’s a very exciting time in our campaign!”
In addition to the 72-day mark, tomorrow marks the six month anniversary of our campaign launch. A lot of great things have happened since September 9th when we stood on the lawn of the Monroe Co. Courthouse and announced our candidacy. A lot more must happen if we are to finish the primary out in order to position ourselves to defeat Jack Conway in the General Election. I will never forget those who stood with me on day one, and I am extremely grateful for those who are now with us as we move forward.
This past week was consistent with almost every other week from a press standpoint. The bottom line is this: The major media outlets are not interested in the Governor race. For the past three weeks, there have been less than five stories all across the state about the Governor race. The political news has been about Rand Paul, the Legislative Session, the special election for the 27th District State Senate Race (which Republican Steve West decisively won) and DC politics pertaining to McConnell and Yarmuth. This lack of interest is a positive for us because our grassroots organization is our strength. The lack of interest is a negative for the candidate who has spent millions on advertisements! As I stated in the very first email I sent out six months ago, the turnout in this primary will be extremely low. I’m sticking with my initial estimate of 16%! So every vote counts in a 4-way primary. We must continue to: A) Target the likely primary voters and make sure they know about the Comer/McDaniel Ticket and B) Focus on getting our voters out to the polls on May 19th.
Summarizing last week’s travels, I taped a very positive CN2 interview in Louisville Monday. You may watch that interview on their website at www.mycn2.com. After the interview, I spent the rest of the evening in the Northern KY community of Edgewood at a Meet-n-Greet hosted by the Milburn Family. We have had many events and campaign stops in Northern KY over the past six months and we are blessed with an amazing organization in Boone, Kenton and Campbell Counties. The quality of the crowd at the Milburn event was impressive. Just to mention a few of the notables in attendance at that event were Kenton Judge Kris Knochelmann, Kenton Co Attorney Stacy Sapke, Kenton Commissioner Jon Draud, Boone GOP Vice-Chair Phyllis Sparks, NKY Developer Bill Butler, Kenton Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn, representatives from Congressman Massie’s office, Campbell Co Commissioner Brian Painter, Kim Moser, and former US Senator Jim Bunning made a personal donation to our campaign at that event.
After spending a full day tending to KY Department of Agriculture business, I traveled East Tuesday to Salyersville. We had 47 people attend our Magoffin Co Meet-n-Greet. Most of that crowd were Republicans who will vote in the primary in that heavily Democrat county. Our organization in Magoffin, Morgan, Lawrence and Johnson Counties in the far eastern portion of the 5th Congressional District is solid.
Wednesday TJ and I campaigned in Lexington. TJ gave a great introduction of me to the Fayette Co GOP Women in advance of my remarks to the group. TJ is an active member of that organization. KC Crosbie is also a member. We have a majority of support in that club and that speaks volumes. After that meeting, I attended a few private donor meetings with Nick Carter to gain financial support for our upcoming Lexington fundraiser hosted by Joe Craft and Kelly Knight on March 17th. We are expecting that event to be a huge success and to send a strong message about our support in the state’s second biggest Republican county.
Thursday was “snowmageddon” so my planned campaign stop in Bullitt Co was cancelled; however, I utilized that entire day on the phone. Friday, I was in Louisville all day performing my duties as Agriculture Commissioner working the KY Beef Expo Show and Sale. Like all things in agriculture over the past 3 years, it was another huge success. One of the things that should always be mentioned in this Governor race is the fact that the agriculture industry in KY is in the strongest financial position in its history. Agriculture is growing, good jobs are being created, and much wealth is being generated due to the great expansion taking place within the industry. That is a good point to mention with voters who want a bold leader with a record of achievement.
Saturday night I traveled to the Warren Co GOP Banquet. I will say what I said at the Barren Co GOP Banquet a few weeks ago: “It’s good to be back home!” There were over 400 in attendance at the banquet in Bowling Green and we had the support of 75% of the attendees. If Hal Heiner didn’t bring all of his paid staff and bus a table load of people from Louisville to these GOP Banquets, it would definitely be “slim-pickens” for him! There was lots of buzz in Bowling Green about our upcoming fundraiser. Attached is a list of sponsors for the event, and I strongly encourage everyone to see who all is on board in Bowling Green. I am going to go out on a limb and make a prediction that, next to our very first event in Glasgow on September 9, I think this Bowling Green fundraiser will be our biggest. Let’s hope for the best!
Sen. McDaniel had another busy week in Frankfort serving as the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations & Revenue Committee and sponsoring key legislation like the Heroin Bill. After working the crowd at the historic UK Basketball game on Saturday, he attended the Clark Co GOP Banquet.
3/9 – Corbin Fundraiser – 5-6:00 EDT at home of Terry & Marion Forcht, 500 Scenic View, Corbin
3/10 – Richmond Luncheon Fundraiser – 11:30-1:00 EDT hosted by Rep. Jonathan Shell, Brian Ramsey & Judge Reagan Taylor at 743 Benson DR, Richmond
3/10 – Louisville Fundraiser – 6-8:00 EDT hosted by Mac Brown & featuring Rubicon Global CEO Nate Morris, 5208 Avish LN, Louisville
3/12 – Comer/McDaniel Young Professionals Reception – 6:30 EDT at Jefferson Davis Inn, 319 Cedar ST, Lexington
3/14 – Comer/McDaniel Northern KY Victory Office Grand Opening – Noon EDT at 7821 Dream ST, Florence
3/16 – Bowling Green Fundraiser – 5:30-7:30 CDT at home of JP & Jill Nixon, 1190 Drakes LN, Bowling Green
3/17 – Lexington Fundraiser – 6:00-7:30 EDT hosted by Joe Craft & Kelly Knight at the Alliance Coal Building, Lexington
3/18 – Washington, DC Fundraiser w/Congressman Ed Whitfield – 5:30-7:00 EDT at 403 East Capitol ST, SE, Washington, DC
3/23 – Hopkinsville Fundraiser -6:00-8:00 CDT at home of Lori Harper, 7435 Julien RD, Hopkinsville
3/24 – Louisville Fundraiser – 6:00-8:00 EDT hosted by Dr. Ben Gaddie & Rory McMahan, 5802 River RD, Harrods Creek
3/26 – Associated Builders & Contractors Fundraiser, Metropolitan Club, Covington
3/27 – Owen Co Fundraiser
3/30 – Hardin Co Fundraiser hosted by Rep Jim DuPlessis, Elizabethtown
3/31 – Winchester Fundraiser hosted by Rick Mink
4/2 – Scott/Woodford Counties Fundraiser hosted by Ron & Kathy Stocks, Midway
4/6 – Hazard Meet-n-Greet
4/7 – Johnson Co Fundraiser in Paintsville
4/9 – Henderson Fundraiser hosted by Dr. Gary & Suzette Jennings
4/13 – Garrard Co Fundraiser
This next week is a busy week with some pretty significant events. I will campaign in Williamsburg, Corbin, Lexington, Richmond, Louisville, Campbellsville, Mount Sterling, Hodgenville, Covington, Florence and Shelbyville. TJ will campaign in Lexington, Louisville, Russell Springs and Shelbyville this week. And Sen. McDaniel will speak at the Russell Co GOP Banquet (along with TJ) Thursday night and the Calloway Co GOP Banquet in Murray Friday night. Between the three of us, we will be in all six congressional districts this coming week.
I am really excited about the upcoming Comer/McDaniel Young Professionals Reception this Thursday evening in Lexington. We have a layer of organization called our Young Professionals which primarily consist of our next generation leaders from the ages of 25 to 40. These are young entrepreneurs, lawyers, CPA’s, medical professionals, and political leaders from all across the state. The purpose of this reception is to inspire, motivate and officially activate this impressive group. Some have already been playing a major role in the campaign, but most have not because they have never been a part of any campaign on any level. These are the types of voters that the Republicans have failed to get in the Governor races in the past. We have identified the top young professionals from across the state who are interested in helping and we are going to bring them together Thursday night at the Jefferson Davis Inn in Lexington. It will be an exciting event which will add a jolt of energy to our campaign as we close out this primary.
This Saturday at noon we will be officially opening our Northern Kentucky Victory Office. I am so appreciative of the organizational leaders who are leading that endeavor that include Phyllis Sparks, Boone Co. PVA Cindy Arlinghaus, and many more effective leaders from Northern Kentucky. Later that evening I will attend the Shelby Co GOP Banquet.
People always ask me if I’m getting tired, and I always respond, “No, I’m running on adrenaline!” Thank you so much for all of the phone calls, Facebook posts, letters to the editors, donations and everything in between that you have done to get us to this point in the election. Let’s keep the momentum, win and then make history!
James R. Comer
Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture
Now that you’ve read Jamie Comer’s diary, here’s the real reason this is a thing: The recipient list. Jamie forgot to BCC everyone, cramming them all in the TO: field. It’s a wild list.
Ignore that he’s effectively soliciting campaign contributions by sending out a list of his fundraisers to state government employees. Ignore all the Fletcher folks. Ignore all the lobbyists he’s tried to distance himself from. Ignore the mega-wealthy people allegedly funding his Super PAC.
The big thing? Richard Knock and Kathryn Breiwa, the people who operate Jamie Comer’s Super PAC (here & here), are on that list. Middle of page two (Knock) and top right of page four (Breiwa).
What was that, again, about there being no coordination between the Comer Campaign and the pro-Comer Super PAC?
BONUS: You’ll want to check back shortly after 1:30 P.M. Eastern today for even more Jamie Comer fun.