FANCY FARM — The political stump speaking at the 133rd Fancy Farm Picnic showed three things.
-Alison Lundergan Grimes doesn’t scare easily.
-Mitch McConnell doesn’t rattle easily.
-And Matt Bevin isn’t uneasy in heat of the political arena.
Bevin is the Louisville investment manager who is running an insurgent, partly tea party-backed primary against McConnell, the five-term Republican U.S Senator and Minority Leader. Grimes is heavily favored to win the Democratic Party nomination after being wooed into the race by national Democrats and Kentucky Democrats eager to take McConnell down.
A fourth candidate, Owensboro Democrat Ed Marksberry, took it easy on Grimes and Bevin but lashed out against McConnell with some of the harshest lines of the day.
They were the featured speakers at the 133rd Fancy Farm Picnic here and this year’s political stump speeches drew one of the largest crowds in years, extending into the sunshine well beyond the shaded pavilion which houses the speaking stand.
McConnell never mentioned Grimes by name, but he invoked that of her father, two-time Kentucky Democratic Chairman Jerry Lundergan. Grimes has made much of her gender and criticized McConnell on votes against legislation to guarantee equal pay for equal work and the Violence Against Women Act.
But McConnell said it was nonetheless good to see Jerry Lundergan “back in the game.”
McConnell said, when Lundergan was urged to donate money to women’s causes, “He sent a check to Anthony Weiner,” the candidate for New York mayor who left Congress after texting semi-undressed photos of himself to women.
He then pivoted to themes he’d used earlier at the Republican Breakfast gathering in Mayfield Saturday morning, telling the crowd the race would decide “what kind of America we want to have, what kind of Kentucky we want to have.”