Ky. Democrats practice how to rip Republicans and how not to cuss

08/06/2011 12:04 AM

GILBERTSVILLE — Democrats might be touting the young blood among that party’s slate of candidates this fall, but the more experienced politicos were the ones who set the tone at the Fancy Farm warm-up events Friday.

Crit Luallen, the state Auditor who cannot seek another term, told the nearly 400 Democrats at the Marshall County Democratic Bean Supper that Republicans have been reckless with the future of the nation.

“Tea party Republicans drove this nation to the brink of disaster,” she said, referring to the more than month-long debate in Washington over raising the debt ceiling.

Gray haired Democrats, including a pair of former governors Paul Patton and Julian Carroll — who is now a state Senator — also sought to fire up the crowd.

Among the up-and-comers, state Auditor candidate Adam Edelen framed each statewide race to illustrate to the crowd why he thinks the Democrats have advantages. Of his own race to be the state’s financial watchdog, he said he faces a candidate in Republican John Kemper who is undergoing personal bankruptcy.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” he said.

Edelen also set up one of the funnier moments of the night when he punctuated a point with “damn right.”

Attorney General Jack Conway, who was criticized for calling himself a “tough son of a bitch” at the 2009 Fancy Farm, then chimed in with some advice. Watch the video:

As for the governor’s race, lieutenant governor candidate Jerry Abramson and first lady Jane Beshear combined to make the case for the re-election of the governor, who was returning from visiting Kentucky troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Abramson praised Beshear for maintaining spending on education (although he failed to mention that was made largely possible by federal stimulus money). Abramson compared Kentucky’s management of the budget to moves made by New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and that state’s legislature approving income tax increases.

- Ryan Alessi with video produced by Holly Thompson


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