Bevin out, Beshear in for Fancy Farm 2017

07/05/2017 01:35 PM

Republican Governor Matt Bevin will be skipping the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic speaking event the first Saturday in August, but his Democratic rival Attorney General Andy Beshear will be taking the stage.

Mark Wilson, chairman of the political speaking event, told Spectrum News Pure Politics that the governor’s scheduling office simply stated that Bevin had “other commitments.” The news was first reported by Adam Beam of the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, Wilson said Beshear was the first Constitutional officer holder to respond to a request to speak at the event; confirming to organizers that he would appear back on June 12. Beshear and Bevin have frequently traded barbs, and the state’s highest ranking Democrat has been mentioned as a potential gubernatorial challenger to the GOP governor in the 2019 election cycle.

Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton, R-Kentucky, has also been invited to participate, but has not responded to a request. Phone calls and emails seeking comment from spokespeople for Hampton and Bevin have not yet been responded to by the administration.

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, R-Kentucky; Auditor Mike Harmon, R-Kentucky; 1st District U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville; state Sen. Stan Humphries, R-Cadiz; Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield have all confirmed their attendance with Fancy Farm organizers.

So far Wilson is waiting to hear back from Treasurer Allison Ball, R-Kentucky; Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky; legislative leaders Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester; Senate Minority Leader Ray Jones, D-Pikeville; House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown; House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, and U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

Former Democratic House Speaker Bobby Richardson, a Glasgow lawyer, will emcee the speaking event held on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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