FANCY FARM, Ky. (July 27, 2012) — Several big-name politicians will be absent from this year’s Fancy Farm picnic, Kentucky’s annual fall election kickoff event, according to the Associated Press.
Gov. Steve Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson both have said they will not be attending the Aug. 4 political picnic in western Kentucky that has become the traditional start of the fall campaign in Kentucky. U.S. Senator Rand Paul also is not expected to show, but Sen. Mitch McConnell has confirmed that he will speak.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will have a surrogate at the picnic, which is a fundraiser for a Catholic church.
The Obama campaign has not settled on whether a surrogate will attend, the AP said.