WASHINGTON (WKYT) - Republican U.S. Rep. James Comer says Gov. Matt Bevin's "numbers are really bad," and his papers to file for governor are "ready to go" if Bevin decides to not run for reelection.
Comer spoke with the Gray Washington D.C. Bureau Tuesday about his plans to seek the Republican nomination in 2019.
"It's less than two weeks now until the filing deadline," Comer said, "The governor has repeatedly said that he's going to run again. His numbers are really bad. He has yet to file. I will continue to say the ball's in his court."
Comer says he is receiving a lot of calls from across Kentucky encouraging him to run for governor, and some of those calls are for him to run even if Bevin officially files.
"We'll just have to wait and see what happens," Comer said.
Comer previously ran against Bevin in 2015 for the Republican nomination, losing by fewer than 100 votes. Bevin would go on to convincingly beat Democrat Jack Conway.