Richie Farmer says decision on Lt. Gov. run is "close," confirms talks with Williams

08/19/2010 09:31 AM

LOUISVILLE — Agricultural commissioner Richie Farmer said he has not yet committed to running with state Senate President David Williams on a Republican gubernatorial ticket next year. But the former University of Kentucky basketball player confirmed Thursday that he’s talked with Williams and a decision is “close.”

Farmer, who is finishing his second and final term as agriculture commissioner, appeared at the commodity appreciation breakfast that kicks off the Kentucky State Fair. He did say that those curious about his political plans in 2011 wouldn’t have to wait long to find out.

Last month, Williams confirmed his interest in the governor’s race, especially with Farmer as his running mate. Williams said he showed Farmer an internal polling that has the two very competitive in a 2011 matchup with the current Democratic governor, Steve Beshear and his runningmate Jerry Abramson, the Louisville mayor.

Farmer has other options besides running on a gubernatorial ticket, including a possible run for secretary of state. That office is being vacated by Trey Grayson, who like Farmer is term-limited. But Farmer wouldn’t say whether he’s ruled anything out yet.

-Reporting and videos produced by Kenny Colston


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