Commissioner James Comer Discusses Politics

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The House has passed an extension of farm law until the end of January as lawmakers try to finish work on a new five-year farm bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said the Senate will not pass an extension because it is unnecessary.

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, James comer, says he's disappointed Congress waited until last minute because he thinks the farm bill deserves more attention.

"What I think should happen is we should have a farm bill and a food bill. The food bill would address food stamp spending, programs like SNAP. The farm bill would address problems very important to agriculture like federal crop insurance, like funding for the research universities, and things like that that are important to farmers, so hopefully in the future the farm bill will get more attention from Congress and we can pass what's important to farmers here in Kentucky," said Commissioner Comer.

We also spoke to Commissioner Comer about his thoughts on the gubernatorial race in 2015.

"2015 is two years away so we're still looking at it and getting a lot of encouragement. I was in Butler County last night and people were very encouraging and trying to see if we'd made a decision yet and it's still early. We're still focused on doing a good job as Commissioner of Agriculture, trying to help family farmers, trying to help create jobs through agriculture and food production around the state and I think by sometime in the spring we'll make a decision and I will make sure Channel 13 is the first station to know," said Commissioner Comer.

We also asked his thoughts on casino gaming.

"Well no one supports gambling, but it's clear that the people want to put that issue behind. If you poll it, 70% of the state wants to vote on it one way or the other and it's unfortunate with all of the problems we have in Kentucky that the gaming issue keeps rising to the top. Governor Beshear got two free passes campaigning solely on expanded gaming when we have lots of issues in the state. We have infrastructure crumbling. We have a pension system that's going to bankrupt Kentucky, our education system isn't funded at adequate levels, so my position is let the people decide, put it on the ballot, and be done with it," said Commissioner Comer.

Comer says he'll make a decision sometime in the spring on whether he'll run for governor in 2015.


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