The annual Fancy Farm Picnic started simply as a church picnic 139 years ago. Since then, however, it’s become Kentucky’s signature political event.
Kentucky political candidates from far and wide attend the event to stump speech exchange barbs and throw shade at their party rivals.
But this year national derision followed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell home as attendees taunted the GOP leader with T-shirts, signs and continuous chants of “Moscow Mitch” during his speech.
McConnell, who earlier this week publicly took offense to the nickname calling it “modern day McCarthyism” during a particularity whiny speech on the Senate floor, addressed the issue again Saturday.
Democratic candidate for Treasurer Michael Bowman who isn’t very well known fired back when he took the stage after McConnell.
“It was a little dangerous getting on the stage today because I nearly tripped over the leash that the Russians put on Mitch McConnell,” he said.
Bowman went on, “I see that the senator is no longer here,” he said noticing that McConnell left the event. “I’m sure the Russians needed him more than we did. Probably to teach him new tricks. I wouldn’t know what, he already knows how to roll over.”