Williams says he's ready to find 'common ground' with Beshear after election defeat

11/09/2011 11:37 AM

LEXINGTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams signaled he is ready to find “common ground” with Gov. Steve Beshear after the governor’s 20-point re-election last night.

Williams told supporters last night in his concession speech that his gubernatorial platform was the right one but “the candidate” wasn’t a popular messenger.

He said he thought Kentuckians expect him and Beshear to work together in the future.

Williams didn’t stick around to talk with reporters but is facing the media Wednesday afternoon in his state Senate office.

Williams’ running mate, Richie Farmer, thanked supporters for standing with him during a “tough year,” which wrought his divorce and numerous stories about mismanagement in the Department of Agriculture, where Farmer is finishing his second term as commissioner.

But he told the crowd of Republicans “I’ll be around” in the future.

In an interview with Pure Politics afterward, Farmer said he has no idea what his political future may be. And he said he will be helping Agriculture Commissioner Elect James Comer with his succession as the next commissioner.

- Video by Bradley McKee

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