Mitch McConnell Fires Up Fancy Farm CrowdPosted by J Craig on August 4, 2013
The 2014 Kentucky Senate race has officially started as a barrage of jabs was thrown at the 133rd Fancy Farm annual picnic on Saturday. Fancy Farm, Kentucky with a population of 450 hosts this annual political fundraising picnic every year on the grounds of St. Jerome Catholic Church. This small town in Western Kentucky has hosted this event since 1880 serving up great southern barbecue and hearing from many prominent Kentucky political leaders.
This year the battle was certainly on with speeches from Kentucky Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) and his opponent Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D). Also speaking was Matt Bevin who is challenging McConnell in the Republican primary.
Fancy Farm was the start of one of the most anticipated races in the country and thousands of people showed up in support of their candidate and to soak up the ambiance of Western Kentucky and all that is Fancy Farm. Supporters of both McConnell and Grimes were bussed in from all across the state to take part in this event, which could have huge implications on the political scene nation-wide.
The crowds were separated with Democrats on one side of the stage and Republicans on the other. Everyone had their political signs and cowbells ready as they shouted either pro or anti remarks at the candidates. It got started off with a speech from Senator McConnell who spoke very passionate about Kentucky and how President Obama’s policies have hurt the state and the entire country. He came off as very charismatic and focused on winning this re-election bid as he avoided any attacks directly towards his Democratic opponent. McConnell had a huge support of Kentuckians and all you could hear were chants of ‘We Want Mitch’, ‘Go Home Alison’, and the constant amount of cheers he received from his remarks. He excited the crowd and showed his age will not keep him from proving to Kentuckians he is best fit for the job.
“We’re not just choosing who’s going to represent Kentucky in the Senate,” he said. “We’re going to decide who’s going to run the Senate. And here’s the choice: Is the Senate gonna be run by an Obama ‘yes man’ who believes coal makes you sick, or the guy you’re lookin’ at?”
Many Kentuckians and others are wondering if Senator McConnell is going to get behind Senator Mike Lee and other prominent Republicans and sign the letter to defund Obamacare. This was not addressed, but will certainly come up quite often in the days ahead.
When it was time for Alison Grimes to speak, she approached the podium amid a deafening chant of ‘Team Mitch’ as the McConnell supporters drowned out the applause she received from her side. She began right away with attacking McConnell and provided nothing more than Obama rhetoric. She spoke about McConnell’s long time in the Senate saying he did nothing but obstruct and then accused McConnell of playing a key role in the “disease of dysfunction” in Washington. She spoke about minimum wage, women’s rights, and equal pay as well. She did have a good remark that will go over well with her supporters regardless if she comprehends why things in Congress are passed or not.
“If doctors told Sen. McConnell he had a kidney stone, he’d refuse to pass it.”
Grimes will surely be a formidable opponent for McConnell, which he should not take lightly as the Democrats are focused on taking it to him in order to win a key seat in the Senate. Grimes is a good speaker and a new face, but she is doing nothing more than speaking Barack Obama talking points. On the other hand, Mitch McConnell has not been viewed as a popular Senator and many may think he has overstayed his welcome in the Senate. This only means that this definitely will be the race to watch as these two battle each other for Kentuckian’s vote in 2014. So, with a successful and big Fancy Farm this year, next year should be even bigger as the candidates reach the home stretch.
If you’d like to see the speeches, go here.
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