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Heavy hitters skipping annual political picnic

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's annual fall election kickoff event will be light on big-name state politicians this year.

The picnic in the tiny western Kentucky town of Fancy Farm won't have heavy-hitting speakers like Democrats Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, who both say they will not be attending the Aug. 4 event.

Fancy Farm organizers told WFPL (http://bit.ly/MZt2qI ) that Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul also plans to be a no-show.

Kentucky's other U.S. senator, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, has confirmed to speak.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will have a surrogate speak at the picnic, which is a fundraiser for a Catholic church but has become the traditional start of the fall campaign in the state.

The Obama campaign has not settled on whether a surrogate will attend.

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Information from: WFPK-FM, http://www.wfpk.org

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