David Williams and Richie Farmer -- Will they or won't they be on a 2011 ticket?

08/26/2010 04:05 PM

(VIDEO REPORT) LOUISVILLE — Republican state Senate President David Williams said Thursday he is “a few days away” from an announcement about his 2011 election plans with Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer. But he quickly qualified his remarks to say that “a few days” could mean any amount of time.

Williams and Farmer, who attended the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Ham Breakfast separately, dodged and weaved their way through answers to questions from reporters about their respective plans for next year’s statewide elections and whether they are close to forming a Republican ticket for governor and lieutenant governor. Both have acknowledged meeting with each other to discuss teaming up for a Williams-Farmer ticket.

Farmer said he still hasn’t ruled out running for governor himself. But he praised the characteristics Williams would bring as a gubernatorial candidate.

Here’s the cn|2 Politics video report on what they said:

Gubernatorial politics was one of several underlying political themes at the breakfast Thursday.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear is seeking a second term next year with running mate Jerry Abramson. Both of them attended to shake hands with the hundreds of people who attended the early morning breakfast event.

Also present was Republican candidate for governor, Phil Moffett, a Louisville businessman. Moffett announced last month that he is running with state Rep. Mike Harmon of Junction City. The only other ticket that has announced is independent slate of Gatewood Galbraith and Dea Riley. They have filed paperwork with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance to begin raising money.

- Ryan Alessi with video produced by Holly Thompson


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