Robert Farmer

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Robert Farmer
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Former candidate for
Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture
Bachelor'sUniversity of Kentucky (1972)
ProfessionSelf-employed, Real Estate, Marketing and Sports Management
Robert Farmer was a 2011 Democratic candidate for Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture. He has been self-employed in real estate, marketing and sports management since 1982.

Farmer previously served as marketing director for a Kentucky regional bank and was the Kentucky Liaison to the United States Mint from 2001 to 2003.[1]


  • Bachelor's, University of Kentucky, 1972



See also: Kentucky down ballot state executive elections, 2011

Farmer defeated four opponents in the May 17 Democratic primary. He lost to Republican James R. Comer in the general election on November 8.[2]

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Comer, Jr. 63.8% 519,183
     Democratic Robert Farmer 36.2% 294,663
Total Votes 813,846

Commissioner of Agriculture Democratic primary results
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Robert Farmer 30.40%
     Democratic Party John Faris Lackey 21.02%
     Democratic Party B. D. Wilson 19.46%
     Democratic Party Stewart Gritton 16.57%
     Democratic Party David Williams 12.57%
Total Votes 150,223


Campaign themes

Farmer's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • "AGRI-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT…Bringing in new Ag related businesses and jobs into the State."
  • "BIOMASS DEVELOPMENT…Being on the forefront of the alternative fuels industry."
  • "CONTINUE KY PROUD…With a professional marketing emphasis."
  • "DEFEND FOOD & FAMILY SAFETY…Protect our families from Republican budget cuts."
  • "FURTHER AG EDUCATION….at every level and opportunity."
  • "GO GREEN AND ORGANIC….promote wherever possible."

Comedy controversy

In late June 2011, Farmer's opponent, James Comer, Jr. released videos of Farmer doing a stand-up comedy routine in which he made fun of people from eastern Kentucky. In one clip Farmer says, "I'm from Louisville. That's the big city. My wife is from eastern Kentucky. Oh it's all together different over there. I'd never been over there... They didn't trust me. You know, I had shoes on. I got all my teeth."

In response to the controversy Farmer's campaign issued a statement, saying, "I sincerely apologize if my comments offended any of my fellow Kentuckians. Over the years I have spoken across the country to groups and shared my love for our Commonwealth and its people and hope that people see these comments as an attempt at humor not an insult."[4]

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