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If even half the findings of a recent audit detailing lavish spending in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture under Richie Farmer are true, Mr. Farmer has a lot of explaining to do.
I'll give him this -- he certainly must have been a hard worker, because it can't be easy finding so many ways to pick the pockets of Kentucky taxpayers.
Get state employees to build a basketball court at your home on state time? Check.
Charge thousands of dollars worth of personal hotel stays to the Commonwealth? Check.
Use state workers as chauffeurs on hunting and shopping trips? Check.
Approve fraudulent time sheet and travel records for favored employees? Check.
And how, exactly, was Kentucky supposed to benefit from the $449 rifles Farmer bought with state funds as gifts to visiting agriculture commissioners?
As a member of the 1992 UK basketball team, Mr. Farmer was known as one of the "Unforgettables." I just hope these latest antics will be just as unforgettable to Kentuckians. Because if this unfortunate situation teaches us anything, it's that choosing candidates – or running mates, for that matter -- based on dribbling skills and shooting percentages instead of qualifications and ethics is a good way to get in foul trouble down the line.
Should Mr. Farmer face criminal charges? Or do you agree with his lawyer, who says the audit is "purely political?"