For years, the annual kick-off to the Kentucky fall political campaign at Fancy Farm was a mostly Democratic Party affair.
No more. In recent years, Republicans have been as visible, as loud, and almost as numerous. At Saturday’s 132nd renewal of the political free-for-all, they may have the stage largely to themselves. At mid-week, no Democratic constitutional officer was scheduled to speak, according to Mark Wilson who organizes the political speaking at Fancy Farm.
Gov. Steve Beshear is on an economic development trip to Europe; Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson has an unspecified family commitment. Treasurer Todd Hollenbach will be at Fancy Farm but doesn’t want to speak. Attorney General Jack Conway said Wednesday he will not attend Saturday’s political speaking event so he can return home for his parents’ wedding anniversary. But, he said he will attend events Friday and Saturday morning.
A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Alison Grimes said Grimes had made no final decision as of Wednesday afternoon but faced a potential conflict with her father-in-law’s 75th birthday celebration. She, too, will be in western Kentucky Friday, hosting a labor luncheon in Paducah. The same is true for Auditor Adam Edelen. He won’t be there Saturday, but Edelen is conducting a charity skeet shoot Friday in Calvert City.
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