The fall has been steep for our man Richie Farmer. I love the guy because I grew up watching him play high school basketball for Clay County and he was my basketball idol during his years at UK. And just a few short years ago, it seemed he was destined to be this state’s governor. Not anymore. After a disastrous Lt. Governor’s campaign, spending lots of public money on luxury items, a very messy public divorce, hiring his new girlfriend in the Agriculture Department, a bizarre missing equipment story and more whispers than one could ever imagine, now there is more news from the mustached legend.
The Courier Journal is reporting that after he left office as the Agriculture Commissioner a few weeks ago, Richie Farmer immediately filed for unemployment benefits. Farmer had completed his term as Ag Commish, at a salary of $110,000 a year, and decided afterwards to file for the benefits, which would add up to $415 a week. It is unclear whether Farmer was/is eligible for them, a state law prevents office holders from getting the benefits, but at the time he wasn’t an office holder, but either way the situation is embarrassing. Eligible or not, it is yet another painful thing to read about a UK legend we all loved.
The jokes write themselves…new girlfriends, missing fax machines and VCRs and now unemployment benefits after getting voted out of office…and we have to make them…but it does hurt to do so.