Record crowd attends picnic with focus on pivotal US Senate race

FANCY FARM, Ky. (WKYT)- Bused in by the thousands…many of them were prepared to shout out their message.

Many dressed the part the part of political rhetoric.

“Some are misguided…i.e the Democrats. If they would think in any kind of logic they would be Republicans,” said Jim Weise, who was dressed in an Uncle Sam outfit and was supporting U. S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

“That’s why I am a Democrat. I tell you like it is. You come back next week and I’ll tell you the same thing,” countered Jay Latham, an Alison Grimes backer.

Split down the middle…red for Mitch McConnell…blue for Alison Lundergan Grimes. Grimes’ battle cry is that she’ll care for Kentuckians claiming McConnell does not.

“When it comes to giving Kentuckians a fighting chance of surviving by increasing the minimum wage, Senator McConnell doesn’t care,” said Alison Lundergran Grimes, who is running on the Democratic ticket.

She frequently ended her chants by yelling "He doesn't care...I do."

McConnell paints Grimes as Obama’s Kentucky candidate. The longtime Senator looks for Republicans to gain a majority in that chamber.

“Time to change the Senate…make a new majority and take America in a new direction,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican incumbent. He says there''s a movement stretching all the way from Hollywood, to remove him from office so that President Barack Obama can keep a Democratic majority in the Senate.

Most of the candidates spoke of the US Senate race….but there was also a preview of next year’s gubernatorial race.

“I will be a candidate for Governor in 2015. We invite all of you to join us in Tompkinsville on September 9th to start the journey to make Kentucky proud again!” James Comer, Kentucky's agriculture commissioner exclaimed from the stage., who was joined by his wife at the end of his remarks.

Comer’s democratic challenger could be Attorney General Jack Conway.

“The special interest of do nothing candidates in Washington will have no place in our Kentucky capital,”
said Conway.

And so it begins, the political season in Kentucky.

“It’s history. It’s drama. ..where politicians feel the need to relevant on this day,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant.

Hal Heiner is also running for governor and was at Fancy Farm but was not scheduled to speak from the stage.

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