Beshear, McConnell share jabs, laughs at Fancy Farm
Attending his last Fancy Farm as governor, Steve Beshear had a lot to say about his time in Frankfort.
Beshear mentioned the unemployment rate dropping from 10.7% to 5.1%, the state’s economic development ranking, its national standing in healthcare, and a recent $82 million surplus. “Kentucky has seized control of its future and we've got tremendous momentum,” he said.
It's that growth Gov. Beshear wants to see continue and he urged the crowd to vote for Jack Conway.
Although the trip to Fancy Farm is nothing new to Sen. Mitch McConnell, he referenced his Senate title change during the speech. “I've had the pleasure of speaking at Fancy Farm many times. But, this is the first time I've had the pleasure doing so as the Majority Leader of the United States Senate."
Beshear questioned McConnell's endorsement of Matt Bevin. “He mentioned his name twice in his whole remarks,” Beshear said. And although McConnell said Bevin will take Kentucky in a different direction, Beshear is not convinced.
Despite their political differences, Beshear and McConnell were able to share a light-hearted moment. McConnell called Beshear to the podium and presented him with a picture from last year’s Fancy Farm. It read, “Steve, enjoy your retirement. I'll still be working, Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate.” That was in reference to Beshear calling last year's Fancy Farm a retirement party for McConnell. He went on to win another Senate term over Alison Lundergan Grimes.