Richie Farmer Audit

Kentucky Senate President David Williams says he had no idea what trouble his former gubernatorial running mate Richie Farmer was causing as agriculture commissioner.

During an interview on Kentucky Sports Radio Wednesday, host Matt Jones asked Williams about the abuses of power and resources that were uncovered in a recent audit of Farmer’s time in office.

“Absolutely not. Are you kidding me? No, absolutely not,” said Williams. “As a matter of fact, at the time I asked him to join me on the ticket he was the most popular political figure in the commonwealth of Kentucky and that’s why you pick running mates, because they’re very popular.”

The audit was ordered by current Agriculture Commissioner James Comer. Various accusations of misdeeds dogged Farmer for much of last year’s campaign, but the audit put more evidence behind the allegations.

Farmer has stayed out of the public eye since leaving office in January. This is the first time Williams has commented on the audit. He also said he encouraged current Agriculture Commissioner James Comer to request an investigation of Farmer’s time in office.

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