David Williams responds to news of divorce filing by Richie Farmer's wife

04/09/2011 09:59 PM

Republican candidate for governor David Williams said he hoped his running mate, Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, could “work things out” with his wife Rebecca, who filed for divorce earlier this week.

Williams, in an interview Saturday night, said the Farmers are “going through a tough time.” He said “campaigns can be hard on people.” But he said it is a private matter between the Farmers.

Joe Sonka of the political site, Barefoot and Progressive, first reported on Saturday the petition for divorce that Rebecca Farmer filed in Franklin Circuit Court on April 5.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported Saturday night that the divorce filing didn’t give a reason and that Rebecca Farmer declined to comment when reached at her Frankfort home.

Richie Farmer attended the statewide Lincoln Day Dinner in Louisville Saturday night.

He left after the featured speaker, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, finished his remarks but before the dinner officially concluded.

Williams, in an interview after the dinner, said he didn’t expect Farmer to stop campaigning over the coming weeks as the May 17 primary nears.

The Farmers, who were married in 1998, have three sons. Williams called Farmer a “great father.”

Rebecca Farmer was at her husband’s side when he filed With Williams to run on the gubernatorial ticket in January.

Farmer has served as Agriculture Commissioner since being elected in 2003. He is a former University of Kentucky basketball player.

Farmer attended UK’s Final Four game against the University of Connecticut last weekend in Houston.

- Ryan Alessi


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