Fancy Farm update: McConnell, Bevin and Grimes to headline; Beshear, Abramson and Paul are out

07/24/2013 09:41 PM

Those attending the 2013 Fancy Farm picnic can feast on the 2014 U.S. Senate race along with their barbeque sandwiches.

Organizers agreed to allow Republican U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin onto the speaking stage along with U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes now that Bevin filed his paperwork as a candidate, according to Mark Wilson, the Fancy Farm political chairman.

In addition to the U.S. Senate candidates, potential contenders for the 2015 governor’s race also will make the trip to far western Kentucky for the annual speaking event at the Fancy Farm picnic on Aug. 3.

Attorney General Jack Conway and state Auditor Adam Edelen, both Democrats, and Republican Agriculture Commissioner James Comer are considering runs for governor in two years. All are scheduled to speak.

Each will get six minutes for their remarks, which includes time for responding (or talking over) political hecklers who have come to define the event.

They will get an extra minute than originally planned because three big names are skipping Fancy Farm, including Democratic Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, who has said he will soon announce whether he will run for governor in two years.

Also not attending are Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Gov. Steve Beshear.

Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon issued a statement seeking to quell any speculation that Beshear skipping the event was a slight to Grimes. (The Beshear and Lundergan clans have long been at odds.)

“Governor Beshear and Lt. Governor Abramson are unable to attend Fancy Farm this year, but wish the organizers and participants a successful event. While the Governor has a prior commitment related to job creation efforts, he looks forward to attending next year in support of local, legislative and Senate Democratic candidates, including Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes,” Logsdon said.


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