By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Farmer's comments Thursday on his hiring of Stephanie L. Sandmann as a special assistant in his department, were his first since The Courier-Journal reported the hiring November 17.

He told reporters at an agriculture convention in Louisville, Sandmann is qualified for the job, which is a non-merit position paying $5,000 a month.

But Farmer's successor, James Comer, says Sandmann will have to make her case before a transition team and, in his words, he "wouldn't bet on her staying."

Farmer, whose wife filed for divorce in April, lost his bid for lieutenant governor on the Republican ticket with Senate President David Williams in November.


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