Republicans blast Democrats who decided to skip Fancy Farm Picnic

08/06/2016 12:12 AM

HARDIN – Kentucky Republicans blasted Democrats, specifically Attorney General Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, for skipping this years Fancy Farm Picnic, at their annual Night Before Fancy Farm dinner at Kenlake State Resort Park.

Beshear and Grimes had announced that they were not attending the political speaking event this year to spend time with their families.

The event in Marshall Co. included speeches from U.S Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Matt Bevin, state Senator Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, and First District U.S. Congressional candidate James Comer.

Paul told the gathering that Democrats have conceded the far western Kentucky area to the GOP.

“We’re going to win big this year and they’re already going to let us know that they’re going to lay down and they have given up because they’re conceding Fancy Farm,” Paul said.

Gov. Matt Bevin called Democrats who have avoided Fancy Farm this year “cowards” and “whiners.”

“It sends a powerful message to, frankly, their district constituents, and also to the state as a whole, they don’t care,” Bevin said. “If it’s not about them, if they’re not first, they stay at home and cry.”

Former Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, who is the Republican nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives, said that with so many Democrats missing, it’s hard to come up with someone to throw jabs at.

“I’ve served in the General Assembly and I know Greg Stumbo, and there are so many good Greg Stumbo jokes that you can tell, but he’s not going to be there this year,” Comer said.

State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who will be speaking as a surrogate for Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, pointed out that former North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan will be speaking at Fancy Farm as a surrogate for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton saying that apparently no Kentucky Democrat would do it.

“I think it tells us something about where this state is going,” Alvarado said. “I think we’re seeing a red wave in the state of Kentucky.”

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Don Weber joined cn|2 when it launched back in May 2010 and soon became a reporter for Pure Politics. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University and has spent many years covering everything from politics to sports. Don says he loves meeting new people everyday as part of his job and also enjoys the fact that no two days are the same when he comes to work. Don Weber can be reached at


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