Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., turned down an invitation from President Obama to join the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team at the White House on Friday.
The Wildcats are visiting the president to celebrate their 2012 NCAA championship after defeating Kansas last month to obtain the university’s eighth national title.
According to McConnell’s office, the Senator will be taking part in Kentucky Derby festivities. But state GOP sources are questioning if Mr. Obama’s request was genuine and that its timing snubs the entire federal delegation.
From The Hill:
They suspect it may be what Jerry Seinfeld would call an “unvitation.”
“Scheduling the UK championship visit to the White House when Congress is out of session could be confused for a lack of courtesy, but scheduling it on the eve of the Kentucky Derby seems like an obvious slight to the entire Kentucky delegation,” said a Kentucky GOP operative.