Politics & Government

Beshear, Abramson to skip 2013 Fancy Farm political picnic

Gov. Steve Beshear, left, and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson
Gov. Steve Beshear, left, and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson

FRANKFORT — Neither Gov. Steve Beshear nor Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson will attend next month's Fancy Farm political picnic, state Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon said Wednesday.

Logsdon said in an email that Beshear has a prior commitment related to job creation efforts, but "looks forward to attending next year in support of local, legislative and U.S. Senate Democratic candidates, including Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes."

Logsdon said in a phone interview that Abramson, who is expected to say by mid-August whether he will run for governor in 2015, will miss the picnic because of a family commitment.

The annual picnic in Graves County on the first Saturday in August traditionally kicks off fall campaigns in Kentucky.

Abramson also did not attend last year. He said then that he was not at Fancy Farm because of his wedding anniversary. Afterward, he told the Louisville Rotary Club that he thinks the days of "yelling and screaming" at candidates at Fancy Farm are in the past.

There are no elections this fall, but the picnic is to feature next year's candidates for the U.S. Senate and potential candidates for statewide office in 2015.