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McConnell to speak Saturday at Republican dinner

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to take some political potshots at Democrats in a speech to Kentucky's GOP faithful at a statewide dinner in Lexington.

McConnell's appearance at the annual Kentucky Lincoln Day dinner on Saturday comes just more than a week after Kentucky Democrats unleashed a barrage of criticism against him at their annual dinner in Louisville.

McConnell is one of several Kentucky Republicans speaking at the event.

Republican Party Chairman Steve Robertson said he expects "a higher maturity level" from a lineup of GOP speakers, a clear reference to Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth's speech last week in which he said "McConnell sucks."

McConnell is up for re-election next year. Democrats haven't yet fielded a major candidate.

The filing deadline isn't until next January.

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