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The True Disappointment of Richie


It is easy to laugh at the last year of Richie Farmer scandals, as they have included some of the oddest facts in recent memory. Whether it is the expensive hotel rooms for the Sweet 16, the missing fax machines and VCRs from his office, the hiring of his girlfriend for a paid state post or the latest report of Richie shooting a deer from a state vehicle, the most obvious reaction to the Farmer scandals is one of laughter at their sheer absurdity. Jokes about “Richie Farmer stole my ____” followed by some worthless piece of equipment will be a staple of KSR for years to come. But in addition the laughter, to me there is another reaction as well and that is sadness at Richie’s plight. For me, and countless others of similar backgrounds throughout the state, Richie Farmer was not just the name attached to gas pumps and recited in Kentucky Proud commercials. He was a one-time childhood hero who represented more than just a placeholder in a particular political office. No matter what happens with the Auditor’s report and scandal, that Richie Farmer is gone forever and is the true victim of Richie’s misdeeds.

As a kid, Richie Farmer represented what I wanted to be. Like me, he grew up in Eastern Kentucky, he the pride of Clay County with a silky smooth jumper. Along with so many in the mountains, at the age of 14, he looked 35 and weathered. A mustache and thick chest hair is not common on most high school basketball talents, but for Richie, it was part of the swag. He was as popular a high school basketball player as the state has ever seen, taking his team to back-to-back state championship games and engaging in two legendary battles with Ballard and Allan Houston. Some of my earliest basketball memories are of watching Farmer’s teams play in Middlesboro and listening to his high school tournament games on the radio with my grandfather. Farmer was proof for us in the mountains that someone from the area could succeed at the highest levels. When Eddie Sutton gave in and offered Richie a scholarship to Kentucky, it felt as if the entire mountain region had been validated as Farmer (along with Pelphrey and Feldhaus) would be able to show what we could do when given the chance. The famous Cats Pause yearbook with a Freshman Richie Farmer on the cover was on the coffee table of every family in the area, and the area took pride in the mountain boy who made it good.

Everyone knows how Richie’s career progressed at Kentucky and his post-basketball success in politics followed what we all thought was his natural career arc. The amazingly popular young basketball star was on the path to being its popular Governor as well, injecting the state with optimism and pride. While most knew that Farmer didn’t “deserve” to be Governor based on qualifications, it seemed a natural destiny for someone whose life often seemed to have the Midas touch. We all heard the rumors at the time…Richie wasn’t really all that nice of a guy, his arrogance made him difficult to be around, he liked to drink more than he should, etc. But we all chose to ignore such talk, and focus instead on the positive. Every time I met Farmer, he was never anything but nice to me and I always found him to be an engaging personality. Yes, Richie might be a good old boy with his share of problems, but who amongst us has not sinned? If we were going to have an imperfect politician in office with personal problems, at least it would be “our” imperfect politician, one whose glory days were at least worth reminiscing. We knew the idea of Richie as Governor would be somewhat of a joke, but it was a joke that we could not only all live with, but it was one that we would be in on as well. Richie as Governor represented us knowingly smiling at our excesses, while embracing them just the same.

Now unfortunately, Richie is just a joke. Farmer has not only embarrassed himself, he has embarrassed the state that loved him so. It’s not just that Richie made mistakes, as those can happen to anyone, but it’s that Richie’s mistakes seem a direct repudiation of who we thought he was. All of Farmer’s problems are grounded in unbelievable hubris. The portrait that the Auditor’s report paints is of a man who believed his life had no boundaries. The idea of being a public servant, of being a man of the people, seems to be completely foreign to the once humble son of Clay County. We see a new Richie that used state employees solely for his own personal whim, from building basketball courts at his house, to taking him on shopping trips to cleaning up after he illegally shot deer. State money was utilized for his own personal and family gain, ranging from hotel rooms to insignificant gift baskets. The combination of arrogance and sheer pettiness in the violations, which include silliness like taking computer upgrades given to his employees and instead using them for his own personal electronic collection, is extraordinary. The Richie Farmer that inhabited the Agriculture Commissioner’s seat was a person with no respect for the office and a sense of entitlement that we have rarely seen. This wasn’t an isolated mistake or a personal weakness…it was a man who thought himself above the law and his constituents on every level.

This is why Richie Farmer’s downfall disappoints me so. I have long since become immune to scandals involving politicians. Most in office, like the rest of us in society, have some issue that under heightened public scrutiny, comes to light and can lead to embarrassing problems. I am a big believer in the “judge not, lest ye be judged” philosophy that leaves me hesitant to make moral conclusions on others, especially when their sins are common and known only due to the public spotlight. But the Richie Farmer story is slightly different. What is clear now is the Richie Farmer that I idolized simply did not exist. The humble Clay County mountain boy, who seemed to represent the best of the Eastern Kentucky Appalachian culture was a figment of my imagination. For all the times I rooted for him at Clay County, in college in Lexington, while his jersey was being retired in Rupp and even during his various election victories (that actually went against my personal political loyalties), it turns out I had it all wrong. Instead of our best traits that I projected upon him, Richie’s showcase of arrogance and entitlement actually represented some of our worst. More than any particular abuse of government funds, that realization is the unfortunate legacy of the end of Richie Farmer’s political career.

Article written by Matt Jones

125 Comments for The True Disappointment of Richie

  1. GoCats2
    9:35 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I love U Matt

  2. Ryan
    9:39 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    At 26 years young, I don’t have the vivid memories of richie like some of my elders do, but I was told all about him at a young age and knew growing up what he meant to the state. This story is very sad and ultimately lets down the common folk of Kentucky who saw themselves in richie.

  3. Tony Davis
    9:40 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I knew I came from a normal state.

  4. Troy Landry
    9:43 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Very sad….u blew it Richie!!!! U used the power of BIG BLUE NATION for evil & personal gain…he should be banished to DOWN TOWN LOUISVILLE for the rest of his days!!!

  5. stevo
    9:44 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Not much different than most politicians…..they’re worthless

  6. Hard Hittin' CAT
    9:47 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I was a huge Richie fan at one time. WAS. I bleed blue. Always will.

    I’m also a state employee who has been struggling for the 8 years since I’ve been there with no annual raises and less than ideal conditions to to their budget fumblings and excuse after excuse on why we as state employees can’t get any raises. I could go on about this but I won’t.

    Fu(k you Richie!

  7. matt
    9:47 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    when their is a lack of accountability and a large sense of entitlement trouble is sure to be found.

  8. Tom
    9:50 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Eastern Kentucky needs someone to shine light on the area.The term hillbilly is a acceptable stereotype in this nation and that disgust me. Eastern Kentucky has many problems but to allow folks to be belittled and have it accepted in this nation as being okay or encouraged is unacceptable. Sorry I know this is not the place for a rant, but this write up on Farmer and the references to eastern Ky reminded me of ome readings I done last month.

  9. The Real Ray J.
    9:50 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    What say you? …do we call for his jersey to be taken down from the rafters? Forgiveness or Eye for an eye? He took so much from the people that love this state…now we should take something that meant so much to him, then it again maybe it didn’t! SMH

  10. FinjaDave
    9:50 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    #2 This isn’t about political affiliations. This is simply a story of a person who had a particular talent that made him a legend; that he used that legend to gain political office; and he then abused the powers that were granted to him by the good people of the Commonwealth. It’s never easy to see Superman without his cape, but Matt did an excellent job representing the sentiments of what is likely a majority of the state.

  11. Admanarm
    9:54 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

  12. jqpublci
    9:55 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, I must give it to you for your candid analysis of the fiasco, that was Richie Farmer!

    It hurts not to only hear and read about this, but the tarnished image he gives UK.

  13. FinjaDave
    9:57 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    This sense of entitlement and being above the law are not uncommon when you’re a star athlete in eastern Kentucky. Growing up in Pike County I was witness to it. But Richie wasn’t just a star athlete. His athletic prowess pushed him beyond superstar to legendary. And that is also what led to his downfall.

  14. Tony
    9:59 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Well said Matt.

  15. Cat89
    10:03 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    #13. And got away with it…..

  16. Dipido
    10:04 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    From the Washington Post last year:
    “Richie Farmer owes his electoral success to his former career as a University of Kentucky basketball player,” said Transylvania University professor Don Dugi. “He certainly doesn’t owe it to his intellectual prowess. He’s about as dumb as a brick.”

    Well said, Dr. Dugi. Well said.

  17. 78Cats
    10:05 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I regret this for all of us that wanted to grow up and be like richie. he lived the dream and then unbelievably abused the power. Matt, I feel your pain, great job as always, you write what many of us feel.

  18. Floyd
    10:07 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    That’s politics as usual in Kentucky. If you don’t think so, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus aren’t real either.

  19. The king kong insider
    10:07 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    They should make richie cut that Stache what a disgrace give me one of those flat screens shoot I’ll take the fax machine my taxes paid for it! Matter fact keep my name outcha filthy mouth ~ Nate

  20. Eddie Not Sutton
    10:08 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Now all of you hillbillys know why I played Sean over the little porn star!

  21. Before the Brow, there was the 'Stache
    10:10 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    There wasn’t a bigger fan of Richie than I. However, it only took 5 minutes of working with him and watching how he carried himself at the Sweet 16 to know this was the only way it could end. There would be no Governor’s Mansion. There would be no Athletic Director at UK (his stated dream job). At the end of the day, Russ Chadwell and Euqene Rawlings are crying.

  22. LA
    10:11 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Farmer has been a douche since he left UK. destroyed his family while being the most corrupt AG commissioner is kentucky history. hope he ends up like butch burnett. UK should remove him from the record books he is a disgrace.

  23. The Truth
    10:13 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Use my tax dollars to remove Richie’s jersey from the rafters!!! I’d rather have MKG or Millers jersey retired in the rafters than I forgot about my roots Richie Farmer!!! Church!!!

  24. Tobias Funke
    10:14 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Of course richie was a huge idol for us as children but then we grow up and see who people really are. I never voted for him, always seemed like an entitled jerk. And like someone said previously as a state worker who is a servant to the public we had to watch williams and farmer campaign on the premise that state workers and entitlements and over spending Dems were the real problem with KY and they knew how to fix it. They are both shady self-serving assholes. And though I’m not crazy about Beshear either this state dodged a huge bullet when they chose not to elect those two clowns. Can you imagine Richie with some actual power and influence? Scary.

  25. uklaw95
    10:15 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Power corrupts.

  26. crazycatfan
    10:15 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I remember him very well! As a guard, he was my favorite on the team! Just makes me sick! SAD! SAD! SAD!

  27. incalwetrust
    10:20 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Proof that government is big and bloated. He wasted that much money and manpower and no one missed it. Another useless political office that should be Down Sized.

  28. Troy Landry
    10:20 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    He makes me wanna shave my Mustache…….rule breaka

  29. Ball so Hard
    10:21 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    When you support Richie Farmer you support government thugs
    When you support government thugs you end up paying for Daniel Boone rifles and mustache stylist
    Don’t get caught in Indiana bagging up deers shot by Richie farmer
    Support the real death to the fake heartless government thugs that run America

  30. Throw_it_away
    10:22 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Richie could have done anything he wanted. Knew a girl he dated in college and she said all he wanted to do was sit around and smoke pot. He could’ve have been whatever he wanted if it didn’t expect everyone to give him everything.

  31. Dandy Andy
    10:23 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Richie you are still my second favorite wildcat and could care less what u do off the court. Btw pellet was 1

  32. Dandy Andy
    10:23 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink


  33. TN Cat
    10:25 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    And now Richie has stolen Beisner from us as well. So sad.

    10:25 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    This whole thing makes me so sad…I still remember idolizing Richie as a kid. It sucks being an adult sometimes and learning those we looked up to as kids weren’t all we thought they were.

    Great post Matt.

  35. Dildomamma
    10:25 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I heard he shagged some skAnk in the rotunda on top of Abe’s shinny shoe

  36. Jackson
    10:27 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    #32 who cares about the pot really? Its the theft and general disregard for the people of Ky that I care about. I guess we all should’ve realized that Richie was taking everything he could get as fast as he could.

  37. eighisnotenouch
    10:28 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Take his jersey from the rafters. He’s a disgrace!

  38. blitzedanddazed
    10:39 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    If these allegations are true, hopefully Farmer will be in Federal Prison sooner than later.

  39. JBR
    10:41 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    27…stupid comment. Nobody missed it because he was the freakin commissioner, he made the budget, so he could do what he wanted, that is why no one missed it Einstein.

    And as for Richie…anybody should have seen a red flag when a guy from CLAY COUNTY ran for commissioner of AGRICULTURE. Have any of you been to Clay County? The only agriculture there is done with fluorescent lights in basements.

  40. Oral32
    10:44 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    There is no excuse for what Richie has done but I’ll guarantee that somebody in Frankfort showed Richie the ropes. Our elected officials are some of the most corrupt people around. From Frankfort to Washington if they not crooked going in they will come out that way!

  41. Catdog
    10:47 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, a well written article.
    Another example of how power and celebrity corrupt.
    It will be interesting to see what happens next to Richie.
    Who knows, there may yet be a second chance for him.
    Seeing Clinton posing with our team and trophy is proof people ignore, forget, forgive or just don’t care what incredible malfeasance and shame politicians perpetrate only to be treated like rock stars.

  42. realWildchild
    10:48 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Lets all crap on Farmer for what Matt Jones believes.

  43. BigBlue
    10:49 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Good article Matt. I am from Eastern Kentucky as well, and remember Farmer’s rise from star to UK legend. I never met him, but I think it is safe to say that he was either a douche from day one or completely lost his moral compass down the line…sadly, after reading about his actions, I believe he must have been like that the whole time. He used his status as a legend at UK to get into public office and then betrayed the very people that put him there…UK fans…if Farmer is found guilty or admits to these wrongdoings his jersey should be removed from the rafters and returned to him…not only did he do wrong..he disgraced the STATE and UK.

  44. BornBleedingBlue
    10:53 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    At least there is something to talk about during this dead period.
    But regardless of who has been corrupt in the past or who will be in the future, wrong is wrong and the truth always prevails.

  45. lipper
    10:55 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    farmer and houstons battles always reminded me of a high school version of magic vs bird.

  46. bluebiscuit
    10:56 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Very well written, Matt, and sums up the feelings of many, I’m sure. When I read the things Farmer is reported to have done, he just seems like an immature, self-absorbed 13-year-old kid or something. It seems so unnecessary. It seems like you could be AG and make a decent salary and have the legal perks that come with the job, and be pretty happy. Why in the world would you need to pull some of the stunts he is reported to have pulled, unless you are simply an egotistical jerk? Sad.

  47. Private sector
    10:56 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    #6 don’t blame your lack of raise on farmer. Get a job in the private sector and work hard you will be fine. The govt can only pay you what it steals from everyone else… 8 years you should know that by now.

  48. We R UK
    10:57 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I agree that Richie has disappointed BBN. I bet, however, that he is not the only one doing these things. Hopefully others will be “found out” as well.

  49. JVice
    10:58 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I think the mods are getting a tad heavy with the delete button. Nothing in my post merited deletion. I feel like I’m back at Maggard’s. Next we’ll all be banned.

  50. Big O
    11:04 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Green ($$$$) will do that to some people. Listen to me, I said listen to me Matt Jones.

  51. Chicago Chris
    11:10 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Beautifully written – thanks, Mr, Jones.

  52. Richie F. Baby
    11:24 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    Take his jersey from the rafters join the movement. He should be called “the forgettable”

  53. Drobfh
    11:43 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I grew up idolizing Richie as well. I saw the undersized and underdog kid that he was as an inspiration to me. I spent many days in the drive way shooting last seconds shots as Richie. I remember recording and watching senior day over and over with my grandparents. Unfortunately, I got to meet Richie several times later in life with my associations in Agriculture. He was pompous and unwelcoming. Most events that left an open seat for him and a formal invitation he ducked out on. As a kid I looked up to him as a true hero. As a man I look at him as a cheat, a liar, and a fraud.

  54. Eastern Kentucky proud
    11:47 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    #8 You are right. Why is ok to call us imbreeds or hillbilly if you made such a slur aginst any other group of people you would be scrutinized. I just like most try to do right and raise my family. My 9 year old son is as smart as any 9 year old in the rest of the state. If I hear someone call him a hick or hilbilly they would have to whip me,

  55. claycountykid
    11:51 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    I think the saddest thing about this is the shame Richie has brought to Clay County. As you can see from some of the other comments, we dont really have the greatest reputation in Clay County, but we always had Richie to be proud of. I just hope we arent judged by Richies mistakes

  56. tyrus
    11:53 pm April 30, 2012 Permalink

    A few months after Farmer took office, the folks that put him in the Ag. Comm. spot called him in for a meeting at the state headquarters. Farmers attendance record in Frankfort was abysmal and that made the elephants upset. He hadn’t made any real housing arrangements to stay in Frankfort during the week. The kid had his head up his ass. Meanwhile the seasoned skirts of state government prowled the political hallways and bars looking for that easy five percent pay raise done by a simple change in title. Farmer was the perfect prey.

  57. JBR
    12:05 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    55…you have Mark and Bopper (from the Amazing Race). I really liked those guys…sucked that they got put out on the last show. 54, I doubt it…having a chip on your shoulder is not going to help your kid. Just chill out and teach him tolerance and diversity and he will be good.

  58. Duke sucks
    12:11 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    This is the forth post about Farmer in two days. We get the point a turd now move on. Now it is getting political. We could write story’s about Obamas fails every day as well like his war on coal. You Knoe that black rock that built UK and made joe Craft his fortune. The same Joe Craft who paid for the practice gym and the players lodge.

  59. Gatewood's Ghost
    12:13 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s face the facts….

    1 – If Richie did as accused, he deserves the punishment forthcoming (legal punishment)

    2 – If Richie was a liberal that was caught drunk driving and with a room full of prostitutes during our current gov/pres reign, that woldn’t be a story – in the media or on a website such as this…..with liberal founders…

    Please keep the politics out of the “reporting”….

    and before you delete this post, ask yourself the question – “If John Calapari fully supported the GOP, would you/this site be on his bandwagon – his lap dog???”

    I’ll hang up and listen for the answer…..

  60. JBR sucks
    12:16 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #57 The point is if you called a black a n#### you would be killed on here and rightfully so.So why is it OK to call us hilbillys. As for your chip you can very well shove it!

  61. jgood
    2:16 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    59. that you newt? couldnt agree more.
    liberal crybabies..
    go GOP !! GO RUSH !!

  62. UKBlue
    2:58 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Richie like most sports players who have had their asses kissed all their life have a sense of entitlement & believe their own delusion. This is the way I’m sure Richie has always been since he first felt like he was special. God only knows how bad he was when he was a player at UK. Richie was always the fat beer gut idiot from the mountains who was always one bad decision away from reality showing up, he got even greedier and the odds caught up. Good bye Richie, time to disappear into obscurity.

  63. Uk2k
    2:59 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Another example of why big government doesn’t work.

  64. ClayCoRes
    3:05 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Clay Co is not tarnished by Richie he is responsible for his own actions not the people of Clay Co. We are strong we will not break and no person or group in this state will bring us down. GO BIG CLAY!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!!!

  65. Ciggy
    3:06 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with you completely gatewood’s ghost.

    It’s a decently written post, and I get where you are coming from. I want to punch him in the face myself, I voted for him. And was sort of proud for doing it. I’m not proud i did anymore.

    Not a story if he wasn’t a ball player from kentucky though. Most of those folks are all about taking what they can take, while they can take it. I’m sort of glad he was so stupid about it, and so over the top with how much he did. We might not have found out otherwise. I wonder how much of it came out because of the other side being in power in the governor’s mansion right now. We will never know.

  66. Ciggy
    3:07 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Btw, hillbilly shouldn’t be an insult. I’ve been called that all my life. Same with redneck, look up what they actually mean, where they came from. Nothing at all to be ashamed of with either. Proud to be both.

  67. bill4cubs
    3:23 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I knew teen wolf was up to something!

  68. Bubba
    5:16 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Kick his ass sea bass !

  69. Chuck
    5:36 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    6- Then try the private sector. It isn’t so great out there either. Be grateful you have a job that is nearly impossible to lose. That being said, great writeup on Richie. It sucks when one’s hero is exposed as a d bag.

  70. REAL BLY
    6:49 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    PULL HIS JERSEY FROM THE RAFTERS TODAY!!! Throw him in jail for his crimes!! Never speak of him again!

  71. Appalachianassasin
    6:55 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Say it ain’t so Richie….You broke my heart.

  72. Appalachianassasin
    6:56 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Pillbilly sounds cooler…..

  73. BravoBigBlue
    6:57 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Momma, Don’t let your heroes grow up to be politicians.

  74. Reality
    7:08 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Matthew… I am eagerly anticipating your article about Obama and how he has let the country down. Remember, ‘Hope and Change’ – nothing could be further from the truth, that dude is Carter 2.0. Lies outa both sides of his mouth. Makes jokes about shortcommings personal and ‘professional’ (eating dog / secret servise prostitution deal).

    Mitt Romney 2012 / REAL Hope and Change

  75. The Realist
    7:09 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #50 Big O, I hear you.

  76. Me
    7:17 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’m guessing the fearless leader never really liked Richie that much in the first place. Even being from the same neck of the woods, Matt still probably thought he was better than the ‘hick’ down the road. I mean, after all Richie just had basketball while Matt had all that book learn’n.

    Hey Matt – Richie’s little black book will always be thicker than yours and his doesn’t have an “other” section.

  77. It's just a game
    7:27 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Disgraceful how many people voted for Farmer simply because he played basketball at UK. Use your heads!! ‘I remember when…’. Shut up!! ‘Take down his jersey!’. Why? He was a good player. If you’re going to exercise your right to vote, use what gray matter you have make a wise decision.

  78. kdsmith10000
    7:32 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    # 74 Obama has done many of the things he said he would do. 1) end the war in Iraq; 2) create government healthcare,3) go after Osama Bin Laden, 4) help restore our name to the rest of the word, 5) begin the process to end the Afganistan conflict. Remember, we had the 2nd greatest downturn in the history of American economies due to George W., his degregulation and his almost trillion dollar tax break for the weathly (by the way where’s all those jobs that are suppose to be created vise the trickle down economics-China, Mexico?). It took GWB 8 years to detroy us and Obama has only had 3.5 years to start getting us back on track. Go Big Blue. Obama 2012!!!!

  79. Kidd
    8:10 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Typical eky trash

  80. haha
    8:11 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #78, Are you sure Barry has us back on track? Not so sure about that. Barry took 3 years to double the debt it took W 8 years to create. And lets not forget W had a little thing called 911 to deal with. If Barry had to deal with a 911 situation, this country would implode. Fast and Furious. Guantanamo Bay. Obama Care, now that we’ve read it, we don’t want it – Supreme Court gonna throw it out. Seal Team 6 got OBL – and if W hadn’t put things in motion, Barry wouldn’t have been able to answer the phone call. Barry may have done a “We’re sorry tour” but that did NOT restore our name around the world. IF Barry is re-elected, he will still be ‘begin’n the process of ending the Afgan conflict’ in year 8. BHO = Carter 2.0

  81. Porcino's
    8:12 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    As a state employee who hasn’t had a raise in years, this honestly makes me want to put on a pair of steel-toed boots and punt him in the stones repeatedly.

  82. MKG fan
    8:22 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Just a typical republican. The end.

  83. Tears
    8:38 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #81 – If times are so tough in the gov sector, I encourage you to give the real world a crack. There must be something holding you back from making the move. Pention? Benefits? Laid back work environment? Personal motivation? Don’t blame Richie for your lack of “stones” to get out of state government employment.

  84. Bluechip
    8:48 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    It seems to me that some of the state workers moaning about a lack of a raise share the disease known as entitlement too.

  85. KDSMITH10000
    9:14 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    # 80, as far as the debt goes, what else was Obama suppose to do, should he have stopped all government spending while the private sector was also stopping all spending. If both the government and private sector had stopped spending at the same time during the Great Recession our economy would have completed folded. This would have turned into the Great Depression 2.0. Next, yes the seal team did get Osama Bin Laden but under Obama as their Commander-In-Chief. He was the one who had to make the decision to invade another countries airspace to covertly complete the mission that the Bush admin failed to do 10 years ago. I’m sorry but 9/11 is not GWB’s get out of jail free card. There was absolutely no reason for us to envade Iraq and fight 2 wars at one time. This is the reason we are still in Afganistan right now. I will say this, I’m not happy with everything in the healthcare bill (and I don’t think any bill is ever perfect) but at least Obama made a move to do something about healthcare. IMO, as americans, I don’t believe we should be forced to file bankruptcy or lose our homes to pay for healthcare bills, I don’t think our lives should be put in the hands of private insurers who can tell us we are covered or not. As far as jobs go in the privat sector, the reason that jobs have not come back is because a) the privat sector is for profit and if they can get an hour of work completed with 1 employee vs. what was 2 or 3 employees prior to the recession they are going to do that; b) a majority of the jobs that were created in America prior to the recession was due to housing construction and well we glutted the market with so many houses during the housing bubble that supply/demand is out of balance and there’s no need to build hardly any new houses when you have a large supply of unsold inventory already; c) the banks/bankers/financial firms made enough money during the GWB presidency that they are sitting that next couple of years out (they’ve stopped lending period), so a mortgage that used to be commonplace to get is next to impossible to qualify for or a home equity loan that was bascially a credit card has vanished. Don’t blame the president for what is now a market correction.

  86. Brady
    9:24 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    You hit the nail on the head dude. As a mountain boy growing up, he was truly my hero.

  87. Reality Check
    9:28 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #85 – I ain’t reading all that crap. But, I will say your “market correction” comment is priceless. How bout this, I won’t blame the president for a “market correction” if you don’t make me or banks pay for people that got bad loans / deals on their mortgages. I mean after all, that is just a product of a “market correction” – right? You people crack me up that you talk more about W (3.5 years later), more than you talk about your own president. Always someone elses fault for Barry not being prepared. Don’t know what we expected from a community organizer.

  88. danthecat
    9:30 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Matt…”Richie was going to be governor..a job he was not qualified for or deserved”…Hmmm…Kinda sounds like our current president who you idolize and has spent this country into near bankruptsy…Give him one more term and he will succeed…What tools guys like you are…..

  89. Daniel Boone
    9:33 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #84, are you for real? #6 is totally correct on how ky merit employees have suffered for over 10 years, while bull$hit like Farmer, Williams, Fletcher, Patton (need to go back further?) go on! Lawmakers were called back at a cost of more than $60,000 a day, and will add up to almost $400K to site on their a$$’s and bitch at each other.

    State employees were FORCED to sign a wavier to accept furlough days, and on the average cost them $3000 loss. Would you enjoy that? How about your family and kids? H3ll I cannot afford to go to a UK game.

    We all love #BBN, but when are we going to clean house and make this state what it should be?
    So… will Attorney General Jack Conway pursue this further, or is it politically dangerous to put an “Unforgettable” in jail? We’ll find out… back to KSR

  90. KYfinfan
    9:36 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Take his jersey out of Rupp. Thieves do not belong there and he has to continue to represent the university well.

  91. David Elswick
    9:36 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Richie is NO different than 99% of politicians. The only way that a person can be truly shocked by any of this is if they have had their head buried in the sand for decades. Our government’s handling of tax payer dollars is criminal and has been for decades.

  92. Porcino's
    9:38 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    83. Yes, because I’ve worked for the state my whole life. Get off your soapbox. I’ve worked in retail. I’ve worked 70-80 hours per week in the private sector. I’ve worked loss prevention management jobs where I went to work every day not knowing if I was going to literally get into a fight with some shoplifter high on meth. Several days, that actually happened. I was almost run over by a car driven by a thief after having to detain her accomplice that was waiting outside. I was paid more to do these jobs, yes. It was worth the cut in pay to have a stable schedule with no danger to my life and no sleep deprivation, but the fact remains that more salary would, in fact, be very nice. The fact that you’re attempting to defend Richie Farmer after this debacle says all I need to know about you, and I’m obviously wasting words and bandwidth. Go ahead and go be a sheep, and mindlessly follow the mustache.

  93. kdsmith10000
    9:43 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #87, I guess the same thing I expected from your drunk GWB or better yet, the real president at the time Dick Cheney. Warmongering and Top 1 percent loyalty, all regulations out the window is what we got and you see where we ended up. In an absolute mess that no one can fix in 3.5 years. Don’t forget that there’s been several cases for the bankers collaborated and even strong armed the home apprasiers to value the loans at at higher amounts just so they could get it through underwriting, then the banks would package these loasn that were crap to begin with in the larger market and make bets on them. Why do you think that most homes sold during that time are valued at 30-50% less than what the loan balances are. They jacked up home prices to get there cash and when the bottom fell out they had there millions and billions in the back. Screw the working man though (and yes those working men include state and federal employees). The 1 percenters and fat cats are those that have an entitlement nature.

  94. David Elswick
    9:43 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    This is not a state employee vs private sector employee situation. The fact is that our government has stuck it to both. There are technically “legal” things that our congress and administration (and the past several administrations before) have done that should upset people much worse than this. Was Farmer wrong and immoral in his actions? Yes. Is this any different than our government on any given day? HELL NO.

  95. BOO HOO
    9:49 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #89 – Cry me a river. Ask any of the millions of people across this country if they would rather still have their jobs with $3000 less pay or if they’d rather be looking for a job. You’re a joke, dude. You can’t go to UK games, BIG F’ing DEAL. Those people without jobs are LOOKING FOR FOOD, you SOB. Typical entitled liberal.

    And if times are so tough in state government, why don’t any of you get out of state government and get a real job and quit complain’n. Don’t we have a democrat governor and president, you mean they aren’t taking care of their government employees? Hell, I know a lot of you thought if Obama won the White House that he would put a Cadillac Escalade in every driveway.

  96. CatinTN
    9:51 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I will never forget hearing his name over the loud speaker at UofL in a state tourney game, “G O A L by Richie Farmer!” He scored 52 pts and I had never seen anything like it. Living the dream doesn’t mean you can live outside of reality…really unfortunate.

  97. AlwaysKY
    9:51 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Jones does another Democrat hatchet job, yea Richie was stretched the rules. But it pales in comparison to the Obummer Administration, yet Jones thinks they are great. It is all about politics.

  98. Tears
    9:58 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #92 – I am by no means defending Richie. I was just pointing out that Obama has lied and cost this country MUCH more than $100,000 yet Matt hasn’t written anything about that. And no lib is going to question the fleecing of America that is going on under Barry. Look, I know people like you, you think you are entitled to things. You should have joined the Occupy Movement. Listen to yourself, ‘I worked hard, so now I get mine.’ There are people working hard jobs every day that don’t run to a cush government job like you did.

  99. strange brew
    9:59 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I was 10 when UK lost to Duke in the Elite 8, which was Farmer’s last game. It’s sad that Farmer turned into a lying piece of crap.

  100. Porcino's
    10:08 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    98. KSR needs an ignore function. You’re a blabbering idiot with nothing more than action words and talking points. “HAW HAW HAW!!! OBAAAAMMMURRRR!!! HAW HAW HAW!!!” Jesus. Where did I say ANYTHING about the guy? You want to know why Matt wrote about Richie Farmer and not Obama? OBAMA DIDN’T PLAY BASKETBALL FOR KENTUCKY, YOU MORON. This IS “KENTUCKY Sports Radio”, right? This is about him, his actions, and his ties to the school. You know people like me, huh? You have no idea who I am. But I know what kind of person you are. You’re a sheep. You listen to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Bill O’Reilly. Hatemongers all, and you chug their Kool-Aid and regurgitate it ad nauseam. I can’t stand those gasbags. Can’t stand Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, or Keith Olbermann either. Fact is, I’m able to think for myself instead of nodding my head and singing along with the talking heads like you.

  101. Question
    10:08 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve got a question for the “government job” crowd on here – seems like yall should get back to work and quit posting on a UK blog site. Don’t look now, but you are wasting government time and money. I hope the state auditor doesn’t come knocking on your cubical. It’s people like you that give government workers a bad name.

  102. In Porchino's Head
    10:15 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    100, You’re funny. You’re last post makes you sound like a postal employee. Yeiks. Did you skip your meds this morning? You are right, Obama did not play basketball for UK. He probably did play more basketball this year than our team did though. And I’m sure he put in more time on the grees than our entire team did on the court combined this season. Do me a favor, big boy, get back to your post office or road crew or whatever bs government job you got – AND WORK.

    10:28 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I like Matt Jones show, web site, and passion for UK basketball. I would love to switch places with him. However, he is always jealous of any person receiving more attention than him. If you notice, Richie Farmer is from eastern Kentucky. Matt Jones is from eastern Kentucky. Richie was THE MAN in the hills. Matt Jones was nothing. He wore big glasses and wasn’t good at sports. Richie ran for Lt Governor, Matt wants to run for Governor. He is just jealous and wants to take this opportunity to make him look more stupid than he already does.

  104. bosshog
    10:32 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Well done Matt….it is truly lamentable that Richie was so corrupt and out of control. Like you and many of us I travel often and am painfully familiar with all of the sad stereotypes about our state. What Richie Farmer has done is really sad when viewed in this light and in the light of the deep cynicism and resignation that people in general have about political life and the idea of democracy. Really sad………

    10:39 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #95 Boo Hoo.. Sir you sound like the sorry SOB, not #89 who was pointing out the facts of how bad state goverment is and “the good ol boy system”.

    Are you a spoiled brat that daddy took care of? Harvard?

    Hell you deserve Brats like you and Farmer. Just keep voting them “good ol boys” in.

  106. best1978
    10:59 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    I saw Richie a couple of years ago during the Christmas shopping season obviously working as a greeter for Dick’s when I figured he was on the state’s clock.

  107. Ball Eater
    11:09 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Great job Matt.
    Richie …say it ain’t so!
    #85…you are a dreamer.

  108. Ennis
    11:14 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Matt you can go F yourself, you creepy woman stalker.

  109. Boo Hoo
    11:22 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    #105, You know nothing. Did our current governor do anything to get a second term? Ahhh, no. Did you vote for him? Has Obama done anything to get re-elected? Ahhh, no. Will you vote for him? There is your “good ole boy system.” As long as he’s a democrat, I’m’a vote for ’em. I don’t like all these state employes blame’n Richie for their lack of a raise in the past 10 years and how bad it is to work for state government. GET THE F OUT, if ya don’t like it.

    And no, daddy didn’t “take care of me” but I sure the sh!t don’t expect my government to take care of me either. Suck on that one for a minute…

  110. kdsmith10000
    11:40 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    107, I’m not a dreamer but I’m a realist.

  111. Democrat from Manchester
    11:46 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    You will not find a bigger UK/Clay County fan than me. I take a great amount of pride in being from Manchester and the great commonwealth. Clay County gets a bad reputation because of our elected officials, and rightfully so. The thing is people in Manchester knew that this was going on since the first day he was in office. It’s really sad that the place that I love more than anywhere in the world will take another huge hit in the eye of the public. It’s an unfair assumption, but it is also understandable. MOST of the citizens of Manchester and Clay County are fine people. I’ve been many places in my time and Manchester is one of the few places I have felt that the everyday people of the community are willing to help anyone. It just seems like the power destroys elected officials in our great town. Really a sad day for our community.

  112. Reality
    11:56 am May 1, 2012 Permalink

    111 – Man, you should be happy that the attention for your neck of the woods is directed at dirty politicians. Do you really want the attention directed at say the education levels? Local fashion? The near-by Dental College? Hair styles (including facial)? Biggest Loser, errrr, Amazing Race contestants?

  113. Joker Blows
    12:04 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    82 and John Edwards is just a typical Democrat..The end

  114. Democrat from Manchester
    12:04 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    112 – Just curious, have you ever spent any time in Manchester? Do you know people from Manchester? I’d venture to say that you’ve probably past Manchester while going East or West on the parkway a few times and you’ve probably not had a conversation of any importance with someone from Manchester. Most of the people you will encounter in Manchester are great people, but like everywhere else we had idiots that screw it up. I’ll be the first to admit that.

  115. spookykim
    12:21 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    Very well wrote, Matt. He has not only stole from us as taxpayers, he has stabbed us in the heart as the big blue nation. He doesn’t even show remorse. So terrible.

  116. jpay1
    12:52 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    @#95 Pal, i am not a liberal and I AM a state employee. If you told me to get a real job to my face you would have a short shelf life. i have done more for the families and children of Kentucky in the last month than you have done in you whole miserable life.

  117. Ciggy
    1:31 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    watch out, we got a badass over here. jpay1, that internet tough guy stuff is funny.

  118. jpay1
    1:41 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    117 no internet tough guy her friend. I said say to to My face…. get your facts straight boy…

  119. Destry
    1:55 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    The more I read about this, the more I realize that it’s more than just end to political career. He, basically, stole a significant amount of money. I see that he paid a “friend” from Manchester that was a “special assistant”, over $70,000 for no work performed. Not to mention the other things mentined in the audit. He needs to be prosecuted.

  120. Marty
    3:37 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    As much as I hate to say it. Richie needs to pay the price just like anyone else who commits a crime. He is not above the law. Truly sad.

  121. C.M. Newton
    3:51 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    22 year old boys have no business having their jersey hung in the rafters. Too much life left to live to screw it up.

  122. Larry Dukes
    3:54 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    This well-written story sums up what so many Kentucky feel. I live in Frankfort and had heard stories about what a butt-head Richie was, but hoped it was not true. So it is. The second most sad outcome of a politician. The saddest was Bill Clinton disappointing his generation

  123. curious
    4:06 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    So richie built a basketball court, Obama’s wife just spent $500,000 on a trip to Spain with her girls………. wtf is the difference its all our money and these fuks love to spend it!

  124. Clay County
    11:44 pm May 1, 2012 Permalink

    39) F*ck you, jerk. Come to downtown Manchester and talk your trash… you won’t make it far.

  125. WIKYBOY
    12:39 am May 2, 2012 Permalink

    @ 119,Amen brother. Too many dittoheads want to jump on the bandwagon and disrespect public employees. I wonder if many of these haters could hold a candle to your contribution to society.It is an easy slam for them to call a public employee a liberal, because for them the word liberal has been made to be a bogeyman. I worked a long time for a different state and probably did more in one day for the well-being of people than some of these losers could even care about doing. Unfortunately they have to prove they are ignorant over and over again.