Lt. Gov. Hampton will not appear at Fancy Farm

07/10/2017 10:30 AM

Republican Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will be joining Gov. Matt Bevin in not attending the 137th annual Fancy Farm Picnic speaking event the first Saturday in August.

A spokesperson for Hampton confirmed to Pure Politics on Sunday night via email that the Lt. Governor would not be taking part in the event. The spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question about her schedule on Saturday August 5.

Last week, Gov. Matt Bevin’s staff informed Fancy Farm organizers that he would not be in attendance for the raucous speaking event which often features sharp jabs at political opponents. Bevin’s Democratic rival Andy Beshear was the first Constitutional officer to confirm his appearance in mid-June.

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, R-Kentucky; Auditor Mike Harmon, R-Kentucky; 1st District U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville; state Sen. Stan Humphries, R-Cadiz; Rep. Richard Heath, R-Mayfield; House Speaker Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown; House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, have all confirmed their attendance with Fancy Farm organizers.

So far Wilson is waiting to hear back from Treasurer Allison Ball, R-Kentucky; Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky; legislative leaders Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester; Senate Minority Leader Ray Jones, D-Pikeville; and U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul.

Former Democratic House Speaker Bobby Richardson, a Glasgow lawyer, will emcee the speaking event held on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church.

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