A new ethics complaint is filed with the Legislative Ethics Commission against State Representative and Republican Agriculture Commissioner Candidate James Comer.
Lexington Attorney Franklin Paisley filed the complaint alleging that Comer violated Kentucky law by using a state employee for his campaign. The complaint also says Comer destroyed evidence associated with the case.
At issue is Comer's campaign contracting with Blue Sky Communications, which is owned by Beth Goins. Her husband, Michael Goins, is employed by the House Republican Caucus.
Statement from House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover
"I am confident there has been no wrongdoing on the part of Rep. Comer as alleged by his opponent. I have reviewed the allegations with our staff and LRC personnel, and I have seen no evidence which causes me any concern."
Beth Goins, Blue Sky Communications, LLC
"I am confident that the complaint filed on behalf of the Farmer campaign will be found to be without merit. It's unfortunate that the time and resources of the Kentucky Ethics Commission will now be spent on this baseless claim filed in bad faith. This is, in my opinion, another bad joke by the Farmer campaign. I hope this is resolved quickly so that the voters of Kentucky can move on to the important agriculture issues at hand."
Reaction from Bob Farmer Campaign
"The Bob Farmer Campaign is shocked and disappointed that Representative James Comer has chosen to use the Kentucky State Capitol as his personal campaign office. This is an obvious misuse of Kentucky taxpayer money and a blatant slap in the face of every voter across the Commonwealth.
Mr. Comer's use of a state employee as a paid campaign worker shows his complete disregard for Kentucky law and a total disrespect for the values and integrity that we expect from our state lawmakers.
Following this flagrant and deliberate act, we are calling on Representative Comer to publicly admit his wrongdoing and face the voters of Kentucky with the truth.
We have complete trust in the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission to check all computer and telephone records to uncover any further violations committed by Rep. Comer."