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Richie Farmer and former wife testify at child-support hearing; no immediate court decision

September 13, 2012 | | Comments Comments

Former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, with walker, exits court room after child-support hearing.

By Jack Brammer
jbrammer@herald-leader.com

FRANKFORT — A judge did not make an immediate decision Thursday morning in former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer’s request to lower child support payment for his three sons after nearly an hour-long hearing.

Franklin Family Court Judge Squire Williams said he would take the issue “under advisement” and enter an order as soon as possible.

Both Farmer, who used a walker after undergoing hip replacement surgery Aug. 30, and his former wife, Rebecca Ann Farmer, testified at the hearing. She filed for divorce in April 2011, and it was finalized in July.

Farmer is asking the court to reduce his $1,227 a month payment to support their children.

He testified that he was not able to find a job since his term as agriculture commissioner ended in January because of his health and an ongoing investigation by the attorney general’s office of his tenure as state farm chief.

She testified that Farmer had a financial plan in place while running for lieutenant governor last year should he lose the election but the plan never materialized.

Farmer ran on an unsuccessful ticket last year with Republican gubernatorial nominee David Williams, president of the Kentucky Senate.

Rebecca Farmer did not identify the plan during her testimony and declined to comment to reporters after the hearing.

Williams said through a spokeswoman that he was not aware of any financial plan Richie Farmer might have had.

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  1. Ginger says:

    Now I’ve seen it all! The republicans who have been slamming new Ag Commissioner James Comer should get down on their hands and knees and beg him for forgiveness! Comer realized on day one that Richie was an absolute crook and a thief! Seriously Richie, a walker???

    I wonder if he uses a walker when he lives in his reposessed house with his girlfirend? And where are the guns that Comer called for Richie to return? And show proof (Richie) that you purchased those UK tickets (which everyone knows you scalped) with your own money and not the taxpayers money? And last question, Richie who is paying your legal bills and why????

    We owe a huge debt of gratitude to James Comer for outing this thug from within his own party!

  2. Buck Feshear says:

    My stepmother recently had hip replacement and she uses a walker. She’d be hard-pressed to get anywhere without it until she is more thoroughly recovered. So you might want to think before you comment.

    Comer was well within his rights to do whatever he wanted once he took over. But his big sin was going all buddy-buddy with Adam Edelen and giving him a feather in his cap to use in a future election. It’s quite possible that Edelen and Comer will be running against each other at some point in the future and it would be ironic if Edelen uses an “exposed graft in the Ag Department” line against Comer and beats him in part because of it.

    You don’t give a political opponent a tool that he can use against you in the future. And that’s exactly what Comer did. He could have had an audit conducted on the QT instead of grandstanding. Richie Farmer may be an easy target but Comer does himself or his party no favors by partnering with Edelen.

  3. danny says:

    It is sad to here things about Richie Farmer this way. The only thing I want to remember is how good a ballplayer he was.

  4. MikeTrip says:

    What a sleeze. Man up Ritchie and support your kids. And please disappear. I agree with Danny. I would love to remember you for your glory days, but you are making it impossible.

  5. Richie the Crook says:

    In reply to Buck. Being a crook and abusing tax payer dollars is not ammunition, its illegal. Would you rather that Farmer was allowed to keep this scandal hushed up? Your thinking is typical GOP grand standing. Lets do whats best and right for the party, not the people. Thanks for reaffirming the GoP stance on abuse! Be proud of your basketball starand support him in prison.