State will again pay hotel bills for officials' stays in Louisville for Ky. State Fair

08/18/2011 07:00 PM

Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, said he will stay in a Louisville hotel on the state’s dime during the 11-day Kentucky State Fair as he has in past years.

Farmer told Pure Politics Thursday at the fair’s opening that the state will cover those costs again even after he took public criticism when his state-funded travel expenses made headliners earlier this year.

But there appears to be some bipartisan agreement on the state expense issue. State taxes also will cover Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s hotel bill in Louisville Wednesday night.

Beshear stayed there overnight because he was scheduled to serve breakfast at the fair’s opening event — the Commodity Breakfast that started at 7 a.m.

Farmer took criticism during the spring Republican primary after the Lexington Herald-Leader and Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Farmer billed the state for more than $1,800 last year for his hotel room in Louisville during the 11-day fair.

Farmer lives about an hour away in Frankfort.

Here’s what Farmer said when asked Thursday whether he’ll be doing that again:

Farmer is running as the lieutenant governor candidate with Republican David Williams against Beshear and his running mate, Jerry Abramson. Those two tickets also face independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith and his lieutenant governor candidate, Dea Riley, in the Nov. 8 election.


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