McConnell calls for backup at Fancy Farm picnic

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 10:06 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has placed robo calls to GOP voters in Kentucky urging them to attend a church picnic in the western Kentucky community of Fancy Farm next week.

The picnic doubles as a raucous political showdown between Republicans and Democrats during an afternoon of stump speeches. It's especially important to McConnell this year because he's running for re-election, and he will have to share the stage with Democratic contender Alison Lundergan Grimes.

McConnell said he will kick off his re-election campaign at the picnic, which he billed as "the summer event you won't want to miss."

The political speeches are part of a fundraiser for St. Jerome Parish that typically draws some 10,000 people and generates about $250,000.

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