Senate hopeful asks rival to apologize for salty words at picnic

The U.S. Senate campaign of Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo wants Attorney General Jack Conway to apologize for the use of profanities in his speech Saturday at the Fancy Farm political picnic in far Western Kentucky.

Conway, saying he was quoting former U.S. Sen. Wendell Ford of Owensboro, described himself as having a tough hide and was "one tough son of a bitch."

He also said Mongiardo "sure as hell can't speak the truth" and vowed never to take any "crap" from Republicans.

Mongiardo and Conway, the two top Democratic candidates in the 2010 U.S. Senate race, provided the most political sparks at the 129th annual Fancy Farm picnic sponsored by St. Jerome Catholic Church.

"Daniel feels that the attorney general's profanities on the grounds of St. Jerome parish with church leaders and families there were completely inappropriate and Conway should extend an apology to everyone who was there," Mongiardo's campaign consultant Kim Geveden said Sunday.

But Conway's campaign manager, Mark Riddle, said there would be no apologies for the speech and Mongiardo should "apologize to Western Kentucky for distortions about Jack's family, record and vision of Kentucky."


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