Comer discusses clean-up in Ag Dept. and says election outcome won't affect gambling bill

10/29/2012 07:44 AM

The Kentucky Agriculture Department has been hosting FBI and other investigators on a regular basis as they comb through records and conduct interviews about the activities of the former commissioner, Richie Farmer.

Farmer’s successor, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, said agents have been “meeting with a lot of our employees” but couldn’t speak to what specifically the FBI and attorney general investigators have been looking for.

Comer and his chief of staff and general counsel Holly Harris VonLuehrte have fired most of the high-ranking appointees under Farmer and having 13 merit employees leave the department.

Still, Comer said the department is still having to clean up problems from Farmer’s eight-year tenure.

“We find problems almost on a daily basis still,” Comer said. (6:55)

Watch the video to find out how much trouble Comer believes Farmer is in (7:45.)

The interview started with discussion of the Nov. 6 election. Comer said he thinks Republicans have a long-shot chance to take control the state House. But he said the outcome of the elections is unlikely to affect a proposal for expanded gambling.

“I think that this issue in the future will be more of an urban-rural issue not a Republican-Democrat issue. So I believe the make-up of the House won’t have much effect on that type of legislation,” he said (0:50 of the interview).

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