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5/6/2015 2:15 AM
By Associated Press

Comer calls abuse allegations untrue, vows to stay in race

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — With his wife by his side, Republican candidate for governor James Comer flatly denied abusing his college girlfriend on Tuesday after she outlined several accusations in a letter to a newspaper and threatened to derail his campaign two weeks before Election Day.

In a letter to The Courier-Journal, Marilyn Thomas said Comer hit her and drove her to a medical clinic to receive an abortion.

"Did Jamie Comer ever hit me? Yes," Thomas wrote in a four-page letter, excerpts of which were published. She said her relationship with Comer was "toxic, abusive and caused me a lot of suffering. His controlling and aggressive personality alienated me from most of my family and friends at the time."

Attempts to reach Thomas were unsuccessful. Her letter indicated she would have nothing else to say on the matter.

Comer acknowledged dating Thomas after they met while serving as officers in Future Farmers of America. But he denied abusing her, saying the crime of domestic violence "sickens me."

"Everyone who knows me understands that the charges are completely incompatible with everything I stand for, everything that I am," Comer said. "I flatly deny the allegations that we had an abusive relationship. Those allegations are untrue."

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