Fancy Farm offers positives and potential pitfalls for candidates

08/01/2014 12:05 PM

Candidates will be looking to get in the quick jab and get out at this year’s political picnic which is known for it’s one-liners, barbeque and the gaffes.

The event which organizers say could attract upwards of 20,000 people this year is a right of passage for state level candidates looking to deliver the party line with a tough of humor, and if possible knock their opponent off balance long enough to score political points.

This year will be no different. While the main event is U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes there are plenty of side stories to keep everyone on their toes.

As the pundits say, “you can’t win Fancy Farm, but you can certainly lose.” Candidates know they’re not going to switch any votes at the picnic, but they can hope for a good showing.

Republican analyst Les Fugate and Democratic analyst Sherman Brown break down this year’s picnic and the tightrope candidates are forced to walk.

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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