Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued to tease a Kentucky Republican lawmaker for backpedaling on her invitation to the Bluegrass.
Ocasio-Cortez — often referred to as “AOC” — used her Twitter platform Wednesday to again call attention to Rep. Andy Barr, who invited her to the state last month to tour an underground coal mine.
Ocasio-Cortez now says she similarly asked Barr to come to the Bronx, which is part of her New York district, to participate in a town hall on climate change. The congressman declined, she said, due to the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team playing in the NCAA tournament.
“So I offered to fly him home in time for the game,” she tweeted. “He still said no.”
Barr’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday about Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet.
Barr started the exchange during a House committing hearing on climate change. He challenged Ocasio-Cortez, who is spearheading a massive overhaul in U.S. energy policy called the Green New Deal, to see for herself how her views would impact Kentuckians.
“I want to invite the gentle lady to come to Eastern Kentucky where thousands of coal miners no longer have paychecks,” Barr said. “I invite her to go underground with me and meet the men and women who do heroic work to empower the American economy.”
“I’d be happy to,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “In fact, when I first started my campaign, the first place I went was Kentucky.”
But since then Barr, who represents central Kentucky, has qualified the invite by suggesting Ocasio-Cortez first apologize to Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, for a separate spat with Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., over 9/11 and domestic terrorism.