Beshear says he'll play role in Grimes campaign roll out; Explains why he will miss Fancy Farm

07/25/2013 03:58 PM

While Governor Steve Beshear won’t be at the annual Fancy Farm picnic rooting on Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes he says he will be at her campaign roll out in Lexington next week.

The Beshear and Lundergan clans had a somewhat famous on-going political feud in the state, but Beshear says he is “working well” with Grimes in this election.

While Beshear wasn’t specific on how he might help her in the campaign he did say they’re “talking about the different things” the two could work together on in her campaign. And he said it’s McConnell who looks vulnerable in the race.

“I certainly think it helps matters that he’s being attacked both within his own party as well as by the Democrats,” Beshear said. “It’s interesting. It’s the same message – - he’s been there too long. He’s part of the problem and not the solution.”

Beshear said several economic and job creation projects would keep him away from the Fancy Farm picnic in west Kentucky. One of the projects Beshear said would like result in an economic development announcement at the end of next week, but he did say he plans on attending the picnic in 2014.

“I’m looking forward to next year because that’s really the main event when all of the elections are going to take place,” Beshear said.

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  • Ken Maddox wrote on July 25, 2013 05:08 PM :

    I have never found Beshear to be a real strong democrat. He likes Big Coal far too much, and he never speaks up for Unions.
    The Governor, in my opinion, would need to move quite a bit to the left to be called a Blue Dog Democrat.

  • Jerry wrote on July 25, 2013 07:41 PM :

    Wonder if Beshear gave Wendell Ford lectures about being in Washington too long. Remember those speeches he gave calling for Wendell not to run for re election? This is hilarious, typical boilerplate if McConnell was a Democrat Beshear would be talking about the importance of not losing his seniority in the Senate. Nothing to see here…..move along….

  • Paul Hosse' wrote on July 26, 2013 07:27 PM :

    That’s great. I hope Beshear does play a role in Grimes’ campaign by working for Mitch. That way Grimes will at least have a fighting chance.

  • Robert New wrote on July 29, 2013 03:31 PM :

    One of the worst rated governors over the worst managed state with pending lawsuits challenging his crowning moment? What kind of role does she want him to play? And we thought her press conference was a disaster!

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