Fancy Farm moments: Who almost passed out during his speech?

08/05/2011 11:44 AM

Of all the historic Fancy Farm picnics former Democratic U.S. Sen. Walter “Dee” Huddleston attended, the moment that comes to mind first is when his Republican opponent in 1972 nearly passed out.

Huddleston, who served two terms in the United States Senate, went on to become part of two historic Fancy Farms.

In 1980, he and the other U.S. Senator — Wendell Ford — were joined by former U.S. Senators John Sherman Cooper and Happy Chandler (who also was a former governor). Plus, another former governor, Ned Breathitt, attended, as did U.S. House Majority Leader Jim Wright of Texas.

In 1984, Huddleston was running for re-election against an upstart Republican named Mitch McConnell.

But it was the 1972 Fancy Farm that provided the moment Huddleston recalled. Watch the video to find out which Republican figure it was:

The 131st Annual Fancy Farm Picnic is this weekend in Graves County. Follow “Pure Politics” this weekend as we provide updates on the site and on Twitter. You can follow us @mycn2.


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