When David Williams chose Richie Farmer as his running mate in this year's gubernatorial election, it seemed to make sense. But some of Farmer's recent fiscal follies have to be making Williams squirm.
To his credit, Williams has made it clear he'll require all state senators to return the pay they received for the just-completed special session. This tells me Williams recognizes when money hasn't been rightfully earned and has the will to correct the situation.
But Richie Farmer has been sending a very different message.
First, he refused to join all other statewide elected officials in voluntarily taking part in the unpaid furlough days that are required of all other state employees, saying he "doesn't agree with them."
And now we learn that he billed the state nearly $1,700 for a hotel suite and other expenses so he could "do business" in Lexington during the Boy's Sweet Sixteen tournament – even though he lives less than 30 miles away!
In a state like Kentucky, voters relate best to officials who use their tax money frugally – not those who exude an aura of privilege and entitlement. So given that Williams is serious about wanting to be governor, he'd better get his running mate on the same page quickly -- or off the ballot entirely.
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