Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer says he will announce the plans for his political future "very soon," hinting that he will run for Lt. Governor on a Republican ticket with Senate President David Williams.
"I'm probably in all likelihood going to do something," Farmer said in an interview. His statewide political options, however, have also included rumors of a run for Secretary of State. Because of term limits, Farmer is ineligible to run for a third term as Ag Commissioner.
Farmer spoke to WHAS11 News during the Kentucky State Fair Commodities breakfast. Despite his agricultural prominence, Kentuckians don't have to know anything about farming to recognize Farmer, who has parlayed his Kentucky Wildcat fame as one of the "Unforgettable" players of the early 1990's to two full terms in Frankfort.
"The people of this state have always been supportive of me," Farmer said, "They've been good to me and that's something that I appreciate."
Farmer's popularity is something that Senate President David Williams appreciates as he courts Farmer to join him on a Republican ticket against Governor Steve Beshear next year.
"I have polling information that will prove that a strong Republican team of David Williams and Richie farmer starts out dead even before we even file," Williams said in an interview at the Fancy Farm picnic, August 4.
"I'm a Kentuckian. I love Kentucky," Farmer said, "and I want to do what's right for Kentucky, and do what I can to help move this state forward. So I've got to try to make the best decision that I can that's going to allow me to do that."
"It will be very soon. It will be very soon," Farmer said, in an acknowledgment that is more than Farmer has volunteered in the past, which prompted another question.
"The needle has tipped to the side of 'I'm running for something, but I'm not going to tell you yet?'" Farmer was asked.
"I'm running for something. maybe the state line," Farmer laughed, "I'm running for something. Seriously, I'm probably in all likelihood going to do something."
Tea Party Republican Phil Moffett and Independent Gatewood Galbraith have already announced their campaigns for governor, in addition to incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear.