The night in bites: Zingers set the stage for Fancy Farm picnic Saturday

08/07/2010 01:23 AM

Leaders of both parties dished out the political red meat to the partisan faithful at their respective pre-Fancy Farm dinners Friday night.

At the Marshall County Democratic Party Bean Supper at Kentucky Dam Village, the U.S. Senate race between Jack Conway and Rand Paul was the main theme of the evening’s speeches. And Paul, the Republican, received quite a bit of the attention from Democratic leaders.

About 10 miles away in Calvert City, the Republican Party’s gathering featured more than a few one-liners about Democratic President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

cn|2 Politics has assembled some of the most notable soundbites and quotes from the warm-up to the 2010 Fancy Farm Picnic’s political speaking event on Saturday.

Democratic state Auditor Crit Luallen says she’s scared of Paul’s views

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo says Paul is from the “Me Party”

Republican Party of Kentucky Chairman Steve Robertson suggests Stumbo should wear a dress

Robertson predicts GOP pick-ups in the Senate

Other notable remarks about the U.S. Senate race:

“Jack Conway spent the primary running to the left of his opponent and said how good a Democrat he was. Now you won’t hear a thing like that,” Paul said at the Republican dinner.

“He’s just trying to be a gadfly on the national scene just like his daddy. And they never get anything done,” Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear said of Paul, the son of Texas U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, the former GOP presidential candidate.

On national Democrats:

“My objective is to kick Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid out,” U.S. Rep. Ed Whifield, R-Hopkinsville.

On control of the state Senate:

“We can’t afford to lose state Senate seats. We need to gain Senate seats,”  Republican state Senate President David Williams, of Burkesville, underscoring the importance of keeping control of the chamber before the legislative and congressional redistricting process begins.

“I’ll be up there with you, Julian, and others unscrewing the name plate,” Beshear told Sen. Julian Carroll of Frankfort during a Democratic Senate caucus fund-raiser Friday evening. Beshear was referring to the state Senate President’s podium, which currently bears Williams’ name.

- Reporting by Ryan Alessi and Kenny Colston, video produced by Holly Thompson and Don Weber


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