Nothing 'Fancy' About Kentucky Political Picnic

Published 08/02 2014 10:21PM

Updated 08/02 2014 10:36PM

A name like Fancy Farm paints a picture of civility. Where southern aristocrats converge on a small western Kentucky town to discuss pressing issues in the Commonwealth. Instead it's more like a roast than a political debate.
Politicians are used to standing at a podium and delivering rousing speeches to rowdy crowds, but they aren't always ready for the crowd to yell back.

"You know Fancy Farm is fun," started U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell R-KY, "but there are serious problems confronting our country."

"YOU!" Responded half the crowd. "And the President...The president..." said Senator McConnell struggling to speak over the roaring crowd, "The President acts like he's on a PGA Tour."
The Fancy Farm Picnic was filled with quips.
"He's taken more selfies than Flat Stanley," said Sen. McConnell of President Obama.
"It's not easy being Mitch McConnell. He's been in D.C. so long he thinks Duke is in Kentucky and Cloverlick is not," said Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul took a different approach by writing a poem. "There once was a woman from Kentucky, who thought in politics she'd be lucky."

Candidates say the event is all in good fun and is something uniquely Kentucky. There were whispers Sen. Paul would announce his intention of running in the 2016 presidential election. No such announcement came. However Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced he intends to run for governor in 2015.

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