Candidates work to keep Fancy Farm momentum going


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 8:03 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The candidates for Kentucky's Senate are using the momentum from Fancy Farm to criss-cross the state to rally support.

But already more attack ads are hiting the airwaves.

It's only been 48 hours since a rowdy Fancy Farm officially kicked the campaign season off. But now it's really heating up.

“Bevin says 'I have no tax delinquency problem and nor have I ever. But Bevin's business failed to pay taxes at least 8 times," the McConnell campaign says. 

This morning this ad released by the McConnell camp taking aim at Republican Matt Bevin

“Bevin also failed to pay taxes on his million dollar home in Maine," according to McConnell Campaign.

The spot targets Republican audiences on statewide cable and FOX News.

I spoke to Matt Bevin on the phone today and he says the ad is more of a reaction to his performance Saturday at Fancy Farm.
"He's afraid and he has reason to be. He describes me as a nuisance. He wanted people to think I was a nuisance and I said it is my intention to redefine my definition of the word nuisance for Mitch McConnell," he said.

In the ad, Senator McConnell's camp says Bevin failed to pay taxes on a home in Maine and through his businesses.

Bevin says that is not true and emailed WHAS11 letters from representatives in those towns.

"I do not nor has that been an issue in the past. He is making things up because he has nothing else.  HE should be ashamed of himself,” Bevin said.

The annual Fancy Farm event was full of jabs, jeers and one-liners.

Alison Lundergan Grimes is back in Frankfort today in organizational meetings.

Jonathan Hurst, Senior Advisor for the campaign released this statement:

"At this weekend's 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic, Alison Lundergan Grimes's continued momentum in this race was on full display. She was the clear leader and showed that she not only unites our party, but all Kentuckians. Senator McConnell did so poorly on Saturday that he had to leave Fancy Farm early, and even Republicans criticized his horrendous Washington voting record."

Statement from Senator Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager:

"Alison and Bevin are both so desperate to attack Sen. McConnell they are pulling things out of thin air. Mitch addressed his enthusiastic supporters, who were twice as many as Alison's, waited respectfully for Ms. Grimes to finish speaking and then cleared the stage to make room for others. Mitch's crowd beat Alison's 2-1, and Bevin had literally just 29 supporters."