Grimes, McConnell get politically 'fancy' at annual picnic


by C.J. Daniels and Claudia Coffey

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 4 at 1:31 AM

FANCY FARM, Ky. (WHAS11) – The fiery Kentucky political season began when thousands showed up for the annual Fancy Farm picnic in Graves County.

Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes both were highly anticipated speakers for the events and their speeches we’re received with cheers and jeers.

McConnell traveling with an entourage of 300 supporters from northern Kentucky didn’t waste any time pounding on his opponent Grimes and her father, former state senator Jerry Lundergan.

“Jerry Lundergan is taking orders from Obama on how to run his daughter’s campaign,” he said.

During his speech, McConnell also talked about how he led the charge to save 99 percent of Kentuckians from tax increases and preserving dam tailwater fishing.

He made it no secret that voters were out to make change in highly anticipated elections in the coming year.

“Every liberal in America is out to beat us next year,” McConnell said.

Despite cheers from people who respected his time in office, others had their eyes set on current Secretary of State Grimes.

Grimes attendance at the picnic comes at the heels of her campaign launch which said she doesn’t scare easily. She didn’t waste any time going after both McConnell and Paul.

“Recent polls show Senator McConnell is unpopular with not only Democrats but Republicans as well,” she said. “My name is long but with Kentucky voters help, you can call me Senator come 2015.”

Grimes delivered a bevy of hard hitting lines one especially directed to those touting her lack of experience.

“Do I need to apologize for having more government experience than Rand Paul,” she asked.

Grimes’ best line that many reacted to was Senator McConnell’s stance on healthcare and the lack of passing bills in America.

“If doctors told Senator McConnell he had a kidney stone, he’d refuse to pass it,” she said to thunderous applause.

Grimes says she vows to fight to keep jobs in Kentucky and not send them overseas. She also says there's a disease of dysfunction in Washington and places McConnell in the center of it.

Shortly after Grimes’ speech ended, McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao left with their supporters abruptly and fellow Republican challenger Matt Bevin acknowledged it.

“Mitch McConnell doesn’t want people to hear they have an alternative,” he said. “The only thing he has to run on his destroying other people.”

Bevin had the shortest of the speeches and the least reaction from the crowd. One thing for certain, Bevin feels McConnell’s time in the Senate will be ending soon.

“Ask not for whom the bells toll Senator, they toll for you,” he said. “The people of Kentucky have had enough.”