Frankfort is known more for gridlock than harmony, but on the final nights of the 2013 General Assembly there it was: a soft, siren voice singing “Keep On The Sunny Side of Life.”
Just inside a tiny office just off the Senate floor, Bethany Fugal, 15, of Lawrenceburg, sat in her blue Constitutional Page’s Blazer, khaki skirt, a guitar across her crossed legs. On the couch opposite Bethany, her mother, Annette Fugal, strummed a mandolin while Roger Bondurant – a cameraman for Kentucky Education Television and well-known Lexington musician – played guitar.
Incongruent as the scene may have looked to someone watching the tense negotiations of legislators, it’s sort of a tradition. Former state Sen. and Republican Floor Leader Dan Kelly routinely retreated to his office to play “good old-timey music” during recesses and delays in legislative matters. Often accompanying him were Bondurant and Annette Fugal and one or more of her children.
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