Jamie Comer is back at it with the insanely long campaign update emails.
From: James Comer
Date: March 27, 2016 at 9:25:18 PM CDT
Subject: Team Comer Organizational Leaders Weekly Update
Easter marks the 52 day point before the Primary –and if this coming week is as good as last week– then we are set to really close this race out in a very strong manner. 400 Comer for Congress 4×4 signs are up all across the district with another 350 set to go up this week; last week’s fundraisers in Cadiz, Edmonton and Paducah all exceeded our goals; and I can really start to feel the momentum build for our Primary Election.
Thanks to everyone who already put signs up and will put some up next week. It’s very exciting traveling through the district seeing our signs and our signs only! People are really talking in the counties where the signage is already up, which is exactly what our goal was for the signs. This race has been extremely quiet and the signs are really the first indication of an upcoming election to the average voter. We are definitely winning the sign war! A buddy of mine who is a pretty good political observer said that “Comer might be the only candidate who puts up any big signs because Michael Pape’s supporters are too old to physically put signs up and the Batts boy’s supporters don’t own any property to put any signs on!” I only repeat that because that theory has a lot of merit! (Hopefully everyone knows by now I like to ad a little humor to these emails because I know how painfully boring they are to read!) Once we have put all of our signs up at the end of this week, we will shift to the next phase of the campaign.
As I’ve said over and over, March is all about fundraising. I did not push fundraising until this month so that when we went into more competitive areas like Paducah and Hopkinsville the potential donors would realize that by March our campaign was going to win. Most donors do not want to invest in a campaign with little chance to win. I felt like we would be standing out by March. That patience paid off last week because we nailed down some of the biggest names in Paducah and Hopkinsville. March 31 is the last day to donate to get a name on the next fundraising report which is for the entire first quarter. Money is important obviously for the paid advertising, but amount raised is also important because the more donors that I have and money I report raising, the less likely a Washington DC outside group will come in on behalf of our opposition. That is why we have worked so hard to report a good fundraising number. Because of your hard work to help me raise money, I am confident that we are on track to report a very credible number for the quarter. (I absolutely hate asking for money and I know that most of you do as well, so I want everyone to know how much I really appreciate all the asks on behalf of our campaign!)
Last Monday I began the day in Hopkinsville at Roundies Café –my new favorite restaurant in Christian Co. Owner Brandon Garnett got a few of our key people in Christian Co together to talk strategy and enjoy some good home cooking. After a few stops in Hopkinsville with local media, I traveled to Cadiz for our Hopkinsville/Cadiz Fundraiser at Seven Springs Farms. Brian Lacefield emceed the very nice event and I was introduced by one of my agriculture heroes –Wayne Hunt. The fundraiser was outstanding and exceeded our goal. In fact, we probably raised close to the same amount in Christian Co that Michael Pape raised in his home county! I want to especially thank Brian Lacefield, Michael Oliver, Brandon Garnett, Alana Baker, Bart Peters, Brad Bolinger and Joseph Sisk for being the host committee who overcame many obstacles in helping us achieve such a successful fundraising mark in a very competitive and challenging area of the district. Many key players in the area like former KY Chamber of Commerce President Elizabeth McCoy were in attendance and donated.
Tuesday was focused on Metcalfe Co. I attended the Metcalfe Co Chamber Breakfast early Tuesday morning and spent the rest of the day around Edmonton. Tuesday evening was our Metcalfe Co Fundraiser which was also attended by some very prominent democrats from Barren Co. This event was a huge success and raised some very good money. I really appreciate Mark Linkous and Tommy Garrett for putting the nice event together and Edmonton Mayor Howard Garrett for introducing me to the crowd. Retired Court of Appeals Chief Judge Tom Emberton who is one of my all-time favorite political figures was there and maxed out to the campaign. Also every Republican elected official in Metcalfe Co is openly supporting our campaign. If we can get the vote out, Metcalfe Co could be one of our best counties.
Wednesday my brother Chad and I met up with Clinton Circuit Clerk Jake Staton and put up a bunch of signs in Cumberland, Adair, Metcalfe and Monroe Counties and delivered several more which were put up towards the end of last week. The signs are really making a difference, and I appreciate everyone who is helping get the signs up. Caroline Cash has more signs in the West and Tiffany Kessler has more in the East if anyone else has some prime locations.
Thursday was our big Paducah Fundraiser. TJ, Aniston and I traveled to Paducah to attend the event hosted by US Bank President Bill Jones and his lovely wife Theresa. The event was literally a who’s who of Paducah. We had a ton of hosts listed on the invitation and every single host attended and donated exactly what they pledged –a feat that seldom happens in political fundraising! I am excited about our organization in Paducah. TJ and I really enjoy campaigning in Paducah. McCracken will probably be the largest county in terms of Republican primary voters (unless Monroe Co can exceed a 50% turnout again) and we have been spending a lot of time campaigning in McCracken Co. I really appreciate Bill Jones, Bill Bartleman, Jason Siener, Martie Wies, David Mast, Daniel Jones, Cory Hicks, Michael Dale Harris, Jessica Rudy, and Cindy Cash for being the host committee and getting everyone to show up and donate. For the primary, we will raise over $50,000 in McCracken Co from over 100 quality donors. Those are strong numbers for a Congressional race.
Friday was one of the most encouraging days I’ve had the entire campaign. I met up in Greenville with my old WKU college buddy Darrin Benton who just happens to be a Republican Magistrate in Muhlenberg Co. He had a group of farmers gathered for a meeting in the Muhlenberg Co Farm Bureau Office then we traveled around the county to campaign with key Republicans all over the county. Darrin hosted a meet-n-greet lunch in Greenville which was attended by a slew of people from Muhlenberg Co. We had a tremendous reception in Muhlenberg, and I feel that we are in a position to do okay in Muhlenberg Co this May if my closing message resonates with the voters. From Greenville, I traveled to the small Ohio Co town of Fordsville to campaign with Charlie Mattingly. Charlie had a very effective afternoon planned out for us in the Fordsville area, and I feel like we gained a lot of ground in Ohio Co. The amount of attention I am paying to Ohio Co seems to be resonating with the local voters. Ohio has the potential to be the second largest Republican turnout county on May 17 in the western portion of the district. If it isn’t second, it will be third behind Christian Co. Ohio Co is a top priority for me in this election.
Saturday and Sunday TJ and I campaigned around home in Tompkinsville. We are opening up our official Comer for Congress Campaign Headquarters in Tompkinsville on Monday April 4. We are having an open house (which is simply a time for people to stop by and see TJ, me and the kids, as well as meet Caroline and Tiffany and to get a bumper sticker and yard sign) from 10:00 – 5:00 CST. At approximately noon, we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for a photo op with the local media. In addition to campaign supplies, we will have four phones for volunteers to make calls across the district. These phones will be installed and ready to use on April 17. The numbers of every likely Republican primary voter in the 1st District will already be programmed into the phones. If we get enough volunteers, we should be able to personally connect with a majority of voters in the district. I am using local volunteers who have known me my entire life to make the calls to combat the negative calls that the Batts and Pape campaign paid staff are already making. Remember, I got over 95% of the vote in Monroe Co in the primary for Governor with the highest percentage turnout in the state last May. These are the people who know me best and nobody can make a better sales pitch on my behalf than my friends, relatives, and neighbors in Monroe Co.
In addition to my campaign stops and the signs going up, we also had volunteers begin door knocking this past week. Corey Elder led a group of volunteers in Graves and McCracken Counties to begin knocking on doors to personally meet the voters and leave campaign material with them. Big signs go up, then door knocking initiates, then the paid advertising starts, then yard signs go out, and then the phone calling will be in full swing….that is how we are going to close this race out.
Next week will be spent primarily in the eastern portion of the district. I have some fundraising meetings in Louisville and Lexington with some major Republican donors that we scheduled to happen before the March 31 cutoff date. I will physically be in most of the eastern counties this week checking in with people and placing up a few more signs. I have a ton of phone calls to make from lists that you all have emailed me, and I have to write hundreds of thank you letters to our donors for the past quarter that we will try to get in the mail late next week. TJ, the kids, and I will also be taking some new pictures for our upcoming mailers and new campaign material.
TJ and I thank you so much for everything you are doing to help us win this election,
James R. Comer
Candidate for U.S. Congress – KY1
Attached to the email was an invitation to his Monroe County campaign headquarters:
Now, it’s okay to let your eyes roll back in your head.