Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

August 6, 2013

Fancy Farm draws national view

Picnic big winner this year; political punchlines connect



Picnic big winner this year

This year’s biggest winner at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic stump speaking may have been the Fancy Farm Picnic itself.

Just two months ago, the 133rd Fancy Farm was viewed as a likely ho-hum affair in an off-year election. But then both Alison Lundergan Grimes and Matthew Bevin got into the U.S. Senate race against Mitch McConnell.

All of a sudden, Fancy Farm was at the center of the nation’s political attention. About 12,000 showed last weekend and many veteran Fancy Farm reporters said the crowd for the stump speeches was the largest they could recall.

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Political punchlines connect

The political stump speaking at the 133rd Fancy Farm Picnic showed three things.

— Alison Lundergan Grimes doesn’t scare easily.

— Mitch McConnell doesn’t rattle easily.

— And Matt Bevin isn’t uneasy in the heat of the political arena.

Bevin is the Louisville investment manager who is running an insurgent, partly tea party-backed primary against McConnell, the five-term Republican U.S Senator and Minority Leader. Grimes is heavily favored to win the Democratic Party nomination after being wooed into the race by national Democrats and Kentucky Democrats eager to take McConnell down.

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