LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metro Louisville is going to play a critical role in the race for Kentucky governor  -- and on Friday, one candidate picked up a big Louisville endorsement.

Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is running against former Louisville Metro Councilman Hal Heiner in next May's GOP primary.

But it was Comer who picked up the endorsement from former Louisville congresswoman Anne Northup. The announcement made from the top of the Big Four Bridge overlooking Louisville.

Northup supported Heiner in his unsuccessful run for Louisville mayor, but she believes Comer is better suited for he governor's chair.

In a statement, Heiner campaign manager Joe Burgan said in part, "Kentuckians are tired of hearing about the past. This campaign is about the future."

Northup says her endorsement of Comer has nothing to do with the fact that Heiner endorsed Ernie Fletcher when she ran for governor against Fletcher in 2007.

Right now, Northup works as a lobbyist in Washington D.C.

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