This past Tuesday, the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce held its annual Red, White, and Blue Picnic. The event was a political forum for those seeking election or re-election for various races. The candidates who spoke at the event consisted of Senator Mitch McConnell (R), his challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), Second District Congressional Candidate Ron Leach (D), Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer (acting as a proxy for Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie), State Representative Suzanne Miles (Seventh District- R), her challenger John Warren (D), State Representative Jim Gooch (Twelfth District- D), his challenger Dianne Burns Mackey (R), State Representative Jim Glenn (Thirteenth District- D), his challenger Alan Braden (R), State Representative Tommy Thompson (Fourteenth District- D), his challenger Marian Turley (R), candidates for the office of County Commissioner (East Division) Mike Koger (D) and James O'Brien (R), County Commissioner George Wathen (R), his challenger Jim Murphy (D), Property Valuation Administrator Rachel Pence Foster (D), her challenger Michael Harris (R), City Commissioners Debra Nunley, Jeff Sanford, Bob Glenn, Sandy Dawdy (acting as a proxy for Commissioner Pam Smith-Wright), and their challengers Joseph Martin, Terry Stinson, and Regie Helm.
Naturally, the Senatorial race was the main event. Both McConnell and Grimes promised change. Grimes criticized McConnell for the gridlock in Washington, as well as the government shutdown. McConnell focused his attack on the Obama Administration, while his supporters chanted "we want Mitch" and some of them held signs saying "Obama needs Grimes."
Neither candidate seemed impressive. In fact, they were practically taking jabs at each other. Little was said about the issues, and neither candidate hung around for long after speaking.
The other candidates for their respective offices focused on the issues, but not without goofs. Jim Glenn was an example when he mentioned the upcoming construction being done on Frederica Street, when in fact construction is scheduled for Parrish Avenue, not Frederica Street.
It should it be noted that the event was more civil than Fancy Farm, according to one speaker.