KY politicians flocking to Fancy Farm for speeches

Published: Aug. 6, 2011 at 11:24 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 23, 2011 at 7:46 AM EDT
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Gov. Steve Beshear
Gov. Steve Beshear
Republican Candidate for Governor David Williams
Republican Candidate for Governor David Williams

FANCY FARM, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky's fall campaign season has started and candidates running for governor came out swinging Saturday at Fancy Farm. The church picnic has served as the traditional kickoff of the fall campaign season for generations.

All eyes are on the governor's race this year where incumbent Steve Behsear has a commanding lead.

It's the 131st year for the Fancy Farm Picnic. The rules are simple, stick to the time limit, no swearing, and the more outrageous, the better.

"The same thing's happening right here in Kentucky and you keep voting for these parties," said independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith. "It's going to continue to do just what it did on the national level."

Kentucky's two republican senators came out swinging.

"Steve you may find it hard to believe, but every time I see you it brings a smile to my face," said Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. "I remember our race in 1996 it was over so early I was able to give a victory speech and go to an afternoon movie."

Sen. Rand Paul taking on his former opponent who is running again for attorney general.

"It's really good to see my friend Jack Conway again," Paul. "I guess even a super sized helping of shame can't keep a good politician down."

The tough talk really heated up in the governor's race.

"Steve likes his state workers like his martinis, shakin not stirred," said McConnell.

Both the republican and independent attacking the incumbent.

"Steve Beshear is so weak he makes Jack Conway look like a tough...well you know the rest of the phrase," said Republican Candidate for Governor David Williams.

Instead of going on the attack himself, Democrat Steve Beshear dedicated his few minutes to the troops serving overseas.

"I'm here to tell ya, our country is in great hands today in the middle east," said Beshear.

More than 10,000 people were expected to attend the get-together on the grounds of at St. Jerome Parish.