Just as Rand Paul tries to shut down one controversy that has drawn national attention, he has triggered another one that is potentially more damaging, making derisive comments about the Fancy Farm church picnic.
The Associated Press' Roger Alford reports that Paul told conservative radio host Sean Hannity that he feared that someone was going to throw something at him at the traditional kickoff to the Kentucky campaign season.
“We were in a place called Fancy Farm, which is just a wild picnic where they boo your entire speech,” Paul said at the end of the show. “And it’s a very partisan thing, and you do worry about people throwing beer on you and throwing things at you, so it is kind of wild thing to run for office.”
But, St. Jerome parishoner Mark Wilson, who helped organize the event, tells the AP that Paul should take the comment back, saying beer is not even sold in the community.
“We have never known of any objects being thrown, and especially we’ve never heard of any problems with beer being thrown,” Wilson said. “It’s the perception that we just have a bunch of rowdy, beer-drinking folks there, and that’s a perception we don’t want at St. Jerome.”
It marks the second year of controversy after Fancy Farm. In 2009, Jack Conway's "I'm one tough son of a bitch" line prompted the church to enact "the Conway rule" banning profanity in the political speeches.
This time, it's Conway's Senate opponent drawing the ire of the Western Kentucky community.
Conway campaign spokeswoman Allison Haley told the AP, “this is just another example of Rand Paul misleading the people of Kentucky.”