Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner plans to hold a rally Saturday in rival James Comer's hometown, Tompkinsville.
Four men are running to win the Republican nomination in the May 19 primary, but the race has been 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 Saturday's rally has nothing to do with the allegations against Comer.
"We go everywhere," Alexander said. Heiner has traveled the state extensively over the 61 weeks that he has been running for governor, Alexander said.
Monroe County Judge-Executive Tommy Willett, who supports Comer, predicted that 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 Thursday night in Tomkinsville 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 'em mad, and they're working now."