Democrats talk tough on night before Fancy Farm even as some skip the picnic

08/03/2012 11:08 PM

GILBERTSVILLE — House Speaker Greg Stumbo sought to fire up Democrats Friday night by calling for life beyond Mitch McConnell as a U.S. Senator. Attorney General Jack Conway poked fun at Mitt Romney’s international trip last week. And Auditor Adam Edelen offered an impassioned defense of the Kentucky House Democrats.

While the event at Kentucky Dam Village is known as the “Marshall County Bean Supper,” the Democratic speakers served up plenty of red meat. But Conway and Edelen are among the statewide Democratic officials who won’t be speaking at Saturday’s Fancy Farm picnic in Graves County.

Stumbo, who will be speaking for Gov. Steve Beshear on Saturday, aimed his harshest criticism at McConnell. Last weekend, McConnell said on Fox News Sunday that the uninsured are “not the issue.”

Stumbo, showing that he shouldn’t change careers to be a journalist, told the audience McConnell had said he doesn’t care about the uninsured.

He then went further:

The crowd at the Kentucky Dam Village convention center was smaller than recent years.

And Republicans have been playing up the fact that Democrats such as Beshear and Conway will be skipping the picnic as a way to distance themselves from President Barack Obama, who is unpopular in Kentucky.

Conway, who will miss the picnic Saturday to attend his parents’ anniversary party, said Republicans are doing that to avoid talking about the likely GOP nominee, Mitt Romney:

Crit Luallen, the former state auditor who will be at the Fancy Farm picnic, pointed to headlines from Congress to underscore her points to the Democratic crowd:

Luallen’s successor, Auditor Adam Edelen, told Pure Politics he decided not to speak because he didn’t believe people wanted to hear the watchdog of public dollars talk politics in a year when he’s not running for anything.

Like several other speakers, Edelen outlined why he believed the races for Kentucky state House seats are so important this year:


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