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Richie Farmer sells cars at Manchester dealership

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Former University of Kentucky basketball star Richie Farmer is selling cars at a Chevrolet dealership in Manchester, his first job after eight years as state agriculture commissioner.

Tim Short, owner of Tim Short Chevrolet, said Thursday was the first day on the job for the UK sports icon who used his athletic celebrity as a springboard into state politics.

Farmer's political career was interrupted last year when he lost a bid for lieutenant governor. Since then, Farmer has gone through a high-profile divorce and has been lambasted by the state auditor for his management of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Short said he's excited to have Farmer on his staff. Farmer didn't return phone messages Thursday afternoon.

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