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Hal Heiner planning Saturday rally in James Comer’s hometown

ComerHeinerBy Sam Youngman and Bill Estep
syoungman@herald-leader.com

Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner plans to hold a rally in rival James Comer’s hometown of Tompkinsville on Saturday.

While four men are running to win the Republican nomination in the May 19 primary, the race has focused on Heiner and Comer in recent days after an ex-girlfriend accused Comer of assaulting her in the early 1990s and Heiner apologized to Comer for his campaign’s communication with a Lexington blogger who had for months spread the allegation of abuse without the woman’s permission.

Doug Alexander, Heiner’s spokesman, said the Saturday rally has nothing to do with the allegations against Comer.

“We go everywhere,” Alexander said, noting that Heiner has traveled the state extensively over the 61 weeks he has been running for governor.

Monroe County Judge-Executive Tommy Willett, who is supporting Comer, predicted there won’t be more than 30 people at the rally and questioned why Heiner would waste his time.

“He’s not gonna change one vote down here,” Willett said.

Willett said Comer held a rally in Tomkinsville Thursday night that was attended by 600 to 800 people.

He said the allegations against Comer have built a fire under his supporters.

“This stuff about him has really galvanized the people here,” Willett said. “It’s made’m mad and they’re working now.”

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