Ag Commish candidate Bob Farmer makes jokes about Eastern Kentucky, GOP not laughing

06/21/2011 10:38 AM

Democratic Agriculture Commissioner candidate Bob Farmer has apologized after a video released by his opponent shows Farmer making fun of Eastern Kentuckians for being toothless, and admitting he has no agriculture experience.

Farmer is facing Republican state Rep. James Comer of Tompkinsville in the general election for commissioner of agriculture.

In what appears to be part of Farmer’s comedy act, Farmer slams “Eastern Kentuckians” with jokes that are less than flattering to people who live in the eastern part of the state. He said in one portion of the video that “the cars are on blocks and the houses on wheels,” in Eastern Kentucky.

He also says his wife is from Eastern Kentucky, but refers to the people of that region as toothless and inbred.

The Republican Party of Kentucky and some Eastern Kentucky lawmakers sent out a release moments after the video hit YouTube, calling on the Kentucky Democratic Party to denounce Farmer and demanding an apology.

“I will never respect the man for what he said about the people in my district,” said Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester. Stivers represents Clay, Knox, Lee, McGoffin, Morgan, Owsley and Wolfe counties. “I represent hard-working people who pay taxes and support their families. A lot of Democrats from my area will not appreciate this man’s humor. He couldn’t run for dog catcher here.”

Republican Party of Kentucky chairman Steve Robertson was quoted in the release as saying, “If the Kentucky Democratic Party does not renounce this fool’s ridiculous little routine, it will lose every bit of credibility with voters. To Bob Farmer I would say this: don’t quit your day job…whatever it is. You will not be Kentucky’s next Agriculture Commissioner.”

Farmer issued an apology through his campaign.

““I sincerely apologize if my comments offended any of my fellow Kentuckians,” Farmer said. “Over the years, I have spoken across the country to groups and shared my love for our Commonwealth and its people in hope that people see these comments an as an attempt at humor, not an insult.”

And Kentucky Democratic Party chairman Dan Logsdon said Farmer’s remarks were “offensive.”

“Mr. Farmer has apologized for his offensive remarks, which he needed to do,” Logsdon said. “His comments were neither funny or appropriate.”

Note: This story will be updated as needed.

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