KDP says chip in and prove Mitch wrong

By BERRY CRAIG

AFT Local 1360

The Kentucky Democratic party is trying to raise money over Mitch McConnell's early exit from Saturday's 132nd annual Fancy Farm political picnic.

The senate majority leader decamped when it was time for Democrats Andy Beshear and Rocky Adkins to speak. Beshear is attorney general; Adkins is House minority leader.

Prior to his hasty departure, McConnell claimed "Kentucky Democrats couldn't make a comeback," according to a KDP fundraising email. "But, we know he's wrong. You've proven that because you've made phone calls, rallied on picket lines, and shared your stories to show how deeply you care about the values we share as Kentuckians." 

The email includes a link through which contributions can be made to the KDP's "grassroots organizing efforts."

McConnell's skedaddle triggered a tsunami of boos, jeers and catcalls from the Democratic side of the crowd in the picnic pavilion. Neither the senator nor his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, looked back as they power-walked toward a shiny black SUV parked behind the stage.

McConnell and Chao arrived and departed with a police escort.

Chao sat next to her spouse on the speakers' platform but didn't address the crowd. During McConnell's speech, Democrats shouted "John McCain!" and "healthcare!" at him. 

McConnell didn't respond to the taunts which obviously referred to Sen. McCain's vote which doomed senate Republicans' "skinny repeal" of the Affordable Health Care Act. Two other GOP senators--Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski also voted no on the bill.

Before he fled, McConnell jabbed state and national Democratic leaders, sneering that the "poster child" for Washington Democrats was "Bernie Sanders who runs as a socialist."

"I guess the kitchen was about to get too hot for Mitch," a Democrat mused about McConnell's retreat. 

McConnell was President Trump's point man in the senate to axe the ACA. "But when he came home to Kentucky, he scrupulously avoided town hall-style meetings because he knew there'd be protesters.

"Instead, he met with Republican and Republican friendly groups.  When he vamoosed at Fancy Farm, McConnell proved he's at least consistent. He's always been the kind of politician who can dish it out but can't take it."

Held the first Saturday in August, Fancy Farm is the state's premier political picnic. 

The feed began as a parish picnic. Fancy Farm is a tiny Catholic community in Graves County, about as far west as Kentucky goes.

The picnics feature tons--more than nine this year--of hickory-smoked pork and mutton, the latter the traditional Bluegrass State barbecue meat.