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Comer Calls Abuse Allegations "Flat Out Lies"

Josh James

GOP gubernatorial hopeful James Comer struck a defiant tone Tuesday addressing allegations that he abused a college girlfriend.

Joined at the podium by his wife ,T.J., the agriculture commissioner flatly denied all accusations spelled out in a letter published by the Louisville Courier-Journal Tuesday.

"The notion that I could commit such a horrific offense is simply beyond any semblance of reason," he said.

While acknowledging his relationship with Marilyn Thomas, Comer said statements that he struck her or transported her to a clinic to receive an abortion are false – pinning the blame for the allegations on what he called “House of Cards” style tactics.

"The Courier-Journal piece is the culmination of a yearlong campaign conducted by my political rivals, a group of shadowy characters who have corrupted Kentucky politics for decades," Comer charged. "Their insidious influence has degraded our public debate. My candidacy for governor aims to end this type of politics."

In the letter Thomas paints a picture of Comer as a controlling boyfriend, writing, “Everything I did, everywhere I went, and everyone with whom I interacted had to be approved. Consequences were violent and swift otherwise.”

Tuesday Comer vowed to move forward with his campaign, adding that all legal options are on the table to fight the accusations.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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