Political tidbits from Saturday's 135th annual Fancy Farm political picnic:
Maybe the biggest rumor at the picnic involved Republican state Agriculture Commissioner James Comer, who lost a bid for governor last spring and whose term ends at year's end.
Asked about a rumor that he will run for U.S. Congress next year, Comer said he was at the picnic to support this year's GOP slate.
He said he intends to move back to Monroe County and will focus on his businesses and be active in the community.
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"We'll see what happens on down the road," he added.
Asked if he has registered a domain name suggesting he might run for Congress, he said, "No. I already have a domain name — jamescomer.com. That will be the perfect name for business, whatever."
Fancy Farm always has its share of political paraphernalia and chants.
Popular this year were posters on sticks of Republican gubernatorial candidate Matt Bevin with a Pinocchio-like nose.
One sign suggested Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr of Lexington as a candidate for the U.S. Senate next year.
An oft-repeated chant from Republicans was "Hey, hey, ho, ho, Planned Parenthood must go."
Republicans called Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jack Conway "Wrong-Way Jack," while Democrats hollered, "I back Jack!"
The emcee for this year's picnic was Matt Jones, host of Kentucky Sports Radio.
He was an equal opportunity potshot artist, taking aim at Republicans and Democrats.
He was especially vocal against U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who missed the picnic to campaign for president in Iowa.
"Rand Paul is busy. He has a presidential race to lose," Jones said. "He's in Iowa now, shucking corn in Dubuque. Come back home, you are not going to win."
Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for Paul's re-election next year to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky, criticized Jones' comments.
She said to suggest that Paul might not be completely committed to his job "is a blatant disregard for his strong record of defending and supporting the values and issues important to all Kentuckians."
The winner of this year's rifle raffle at the Graves County Democratic breakfast Saturday at Mayfield High School was Andrew Grimes, husband of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
Attorney General Jack Conway, who is running for governor, looked at the names on several slips of the raffle entries and declared, "They all say 'Andrew Grimes.'"
A beaming Grimes later said he did buy three raffle tickets.
History was made at this year's picnic.
Jenean Hampton, who is running for lieutenant governor on the slate with Matt Bevin, was the first woman of color to speak at the picnic.
— Jack Brammer and Sam Youngman