Gov. Andy Beshear is still on the fence about appearing at Fancy Farm, a nearly 150-year-old West Kentucky tradition in state politics.
Beshear has not attended the event as governor, his last appearance at Fancy Farm came in 2019, when Beshear was seeking the role of governor.
The Democratic governor who is seeking a second term in office against Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, told Spectrum News’ Mario Anderson his campaign is “looking at it,” and hoped if he did attend Fancy Farm others who make the trip to the Purchase region would commit to volunteer in Mayfield or Dawson Springs, where tornadoes ravaged the area in 2021.
The Republican Party of Kentucky was quick to point to a video of Beshear in 2018 mocking then-Gov. Matt Bevin for skipping the event. In the video, Beshear tells Bevin if he isn’t willing to make a trip to Western Kentucky to “see all of our families, I think it’s time he moves back to New Hampshire.”
Beshear has been making regular appearances in the western Kentucky region since the tornadoes.
Republicans have made significant statewide gains in the past decade putting Democrats on the endangered list at the event.
Fancy Farm takes place on Aug. 5, 2023.