FANCY FARM — The political stew during the weekend's 131st annual Fancy Farm political picnic included the Bible, a heckler and zingers that the audience devoured with glee.
The most spirited speaker at the Graves County Democratic Breakfast that kicked off Saturday's political events was state House Speaker Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg, who is not running for office this year.
Stumbo said he was tired of Republicans saying people can't be a Christian and a Democrat.
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The Bible teaches kindness, sharing, humility and humanity, Stumbo said. He said the Bible does not say whether Jesus was a Democrat or Republican, but "he was a carpenter and teacher," to loud applause from teachers and union members in the audience.
Stumbo also said the Bible is filled with symbols.
"Mary didn't ride no elephant to Bethlehem that night," he said. (Mary rode a donkey).
Heckling a heckler
Fancy Farm is known for political theater, and sometimes audience members have starring roles.
On Saturday, one member of the audience used a bull horn to interrupt Republican Senate President David Williams' speech to chant "Stop the War on Workers."
After the Kentucky State Police started to walk toward the man — who was with a host of people carrying pro-union signs — Williams stopped the officers.
"Leave him alone," Williams said. "I remember what it was like when I had my first beer," he said, before resuming his speech.
The shirt off his back?
Former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson, who is running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, sold a tie at the Democratic breakfast to benefit the Democratic Party that fetched $500 from retired Trigg County teacher Gail Hardy.
It was a tie he had bought at the 1992 presidential convention.
After the successful sale, someone in the audience suggested that Abramson take off his shirt and sell it.
Seedlings and a medic
The Democratic campaign of Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Lexington lawyer running for secretary of state, distributed 10,000 tree seedlings to picnic attendees to remind them to "grow" with her.
Grimes, at 32, is the youngest candidate in the races for state constitutional offices.
She faces Republican Bill Johnson of Todd County in the Nov. 8 election.
Johnson told the Fancy Farm crowd to find a medic because he was going "to put liberals in distress."
A farewell speech?
Democrat Adam Edelen, who is running for state auditor, let it be known that he was endorsed by departing Auditor Crit Luallen, who has received high marks for her job performance.
Luallen, who was billed to give a farewell speech, said she is saying goodbye to the office at the end of the year but still will try to help Kentucky.
But she did not divulge her plans.
Edelen's Republican opponent, John Kemper of Lexington, blamed the Democrats for the state's "drowning in debt."
Obama health care suit?
In the race for attorney general, Democratic incumbent Jack Conway touted his record, saying he has worked on drug problems, pharmaceutical companies, non-profit universities and Environmental Protection Agency regulations.
His Republican opponent, Hopkins County Attorney Todd P'Pool, said one of his first actions in office would be to file suit against President Barack Obama's health care changes.
Taking shots at treasurer
The candidates for state treasurer, Republican KC Crosbie of Lexington and Democratic incumbent Todd Hollenbach of Louisville, took shots at each other.
Crosbie said Hollenbach has been silent on state investments. Hollenbach said that such criticism is unfair and that he has run the most efficient office in state government.
Names, names, names
The candidates for agriculture commissioner talked a lot about names.
Democratic candidate Bob Farmer of Louisville, who is in marketing, has an advantage of sorts in that he wants to replace Richie Farmer, who is running for lieutenant governor and is popular among Big Blue fans for his basketball play at the University of Kentucky during the 1990s.
Republican James Comer of Tompkinsville said he is the only qualified candidate in this year's race because he is the only one with farm experience.
He also said Bob Farmer is "an imposter" who shoplifted the name of Richie Farmer.