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Paul campaign apologizes for Fancy Farm beer comments

by Joe Arnold


Posted on August 11, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 11 at 5:42 PM

Last year, Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway apologized for comments he made at Fancy Farm.

This year, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul is apologizing for comments he made after Fancy Farm, the 130 year traditional kickoff to the Kentucky fall campaign season.

On a conservative radio show, Tuesday, Paul described Fancy Farm as a "wild picnic" where he worried about people throwing beer on him or other things at him.  Beer - however - is not sold in Fancy Farm.

The church picnic organizers at St. Jerome parish called for Paul to take it back, concerned about the "the perception of a bunch of rowdy, beer-drinking folks."

 The Paul campaign is now apologizing:

"Dr. Paul was trying to convey how enthusiastic the crowd was and did not mean to imply there was alcohol being served.  Rand has always enjoyed fancy farm, thinks it is a wonderful event and apologizes to anyone he may have offended."