Pike County Judge Executive: ‘Bob Farmer no longer welcome here’

Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says the Democrat running for State Agriculture Commissioner is ‘no longer welcome’ in the state’s largest county. Plus, another video surfaces. Watch it here.

Pike County Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford says the Democrat running for State Agriculture Commissioner is ‘no longer welcome’ in the state’s largest county.

Rutherford, also a Democrat, made the comment in a letter to the Lexington Herald-Leader.  Rutherford was responding to degrading jokes Bob Farmer made about Eastern Kentucky.  Those jokes played on painful stereotypes of shoeless, inbred and toothless Eastern Kentucky people.

Here is the letter:


Ms. Musgrave:


Bob Farmer's ridiculous remarks will no doubt cost him considerable votes in the 2011 election. He probably has given his opponent the opportunity to serve a term as Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture.


He decried the most loving people on earth, who live in the Bible belt, and the most patriotic people in the nation. When the President of the United States declares war on another country, more people from central Appalachia volunteer for military service than any other place in the country.


During his visit to Pike County in April of this year, he was treated with the utmost respect. And, by the way, I don't know if he noticed, but I had shoes on and all of my teeth.


He is no longer welcome in Pike County -- he can peddle his Farmer's Almanac somewhere else.


I will leave his box empty on Election Day. In my opinion, he will lose the central Appalachian area of Kentucky. All Mr. Farmer did was give fodder to the liberal press to bash on a great energy producing area.


I noticed Mr. Farmer said he would apologize if he offended anyone; he has offended everyone.


We are, by nature, a forgiving people here in Pike County and eastern Kentucky. But, it is also our nature not to reward anyone who makes disparaging remarks about us with a vote, whether it be in a joking manner or even in general conversation.


Thank you,

Pike County Judge/Executive Wayne T. Rutherford


Farmer made the comments several years ago during a comedy routine in Indiana.  Famer’s Republican opponent, James Comer, posted the video on his YouTube page earlier this week.


(Click here to watch the video: Ag candidate Bob Farmer pokes fun at Eastern Kentuckians)


Today, investigative journalist Jacob Payne posted a longer YouTube version of Farmer’s comedy routine on the political website, Page One.



In the video Farmer talks about a woman from Eastern Kentucky named Pamela Sue, "I looked at the beauty mark that Pamela Sue had, like Marilyn Monroe and I found out it was a tick."


Farmer says he saw Pamela Sue with one shoe. "Hey Pamela Sue did you lose a shoe?" … Pamela Sue responds, "No I found one!"


Farmer also talks about his wife Jo Ann. He says she’s from Eastern Kentucky  …  "notice that they all have two or three names."



Here are some of the recent headlines on Page One:

Is this the end of Bob Famer’s Campaign?

Bob Farmer Makes Unfortunate Flap Get Flappier

Farmer Can Kiss Eastern Kentucky’s Votes Bye

Bob Farmer says he has not intention of dropping out of the race for Agriculture Commissioner.


Farmer said, “It’s ridiculous” for Republicans to call for his withdrawal from the race. 

He also repeated his apology, saying he was sorry if he offended anyone.

Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon has said Farmer’s apology was the right thing to do.

Here are more headlines on the controversy:

Bluegrass Politics: Pike County judge-executive says Ag candidate not welcome


McNay on Money: Hillbilly Stereotypes Spark Controversy in Kentucky Election

Republican candidate James Comer is my guest on Issues & Answers Monday night, June 27.  Democratic candidate Bob Farmer has also agreed to appear on the program within the next few weeks.  I’ll keep you posted on the date.

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