Democratic agriculture commissioner candidate Bob Farmer targets ads to specific regions

10/31/2011 08:51 AM

Bob Farmer, the Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, produced several ads for different regions of Kentucky to make his case for getting elected on Nov. 8.

A biographical spot aimed at his home area of Louisville touts his roots, including graduating from Iroquois High School and starting his marketing company there.

It also mentions his endorsements from unions, the Fraternal Order of Police, and claims endorsements from farmers and (jokingly) from cows.

Farmer, who markets the Famer’s Almanac and is a comedian, is running against Republican James Comer, a farmer and state legislator from Tompkinsville.

Comer has repeatedly criticized Farmer for his lack of farming experience and touted his endorsement from farming groups.

Some groups have latched onto that concept even without endorsing. For instance, the Kentucky Horse Council dispatched a message to its supporters

The Commissioner of Agriculture plays a significant role in making sure that equine farms are eligible for KY Dept. of Ag programs. A commissioner who does not understand the breadth of programs for livestock in general, and who does not appreciate the issue of “horses as livestock”, will not help our efforts to be included in Agricultural programs.

But Farmer, who trails Comer in money by a rate of four-to-one, has tried to combat that by playing up the endorsements from Democratic farmers he has gotten, including Alice Baesler, the 2003 Democratic nominee for agriculture and wife of former Lexington mayor and former congressman, Scotty Baesler.

That ad is aimed at central Kentuckians.


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