New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t the only Republican executive to be dissed by the Conservative Political Action Conference. CPAC is also giving the cold shoulder to Gov. Bob McDonnell, according to The Virginian-Pilot. McDonnell is not being invited to the conference even though he has been a prominent participant for the past two years.
McDonnell, of course, has attracted criticism from his party’s right wing by supporting a compromise transportation plan this year that includes tax increases. Compromise is a no-no with the CPAC crowd, although we bet those attending the conference in Washington, D.C. this month will complain about the traffic jams they encounter in the NoVa suburbs on their way to the big event.
Christie was already on the outs with CPAC because he thanked President Obama for coming to his state’s aid after Hurricane Sandy.
What do you think? Should Christie and McDonnell should get together and commiserate, and maybe discuss a Christie/McDonnell ticket for 2016?
The Pilot reports, by the way, that Attorney Ken Cuccinelli has been invited to speak at CPAC. Should he refuse to go unless organizers apologize to McDonnell?
UPDATE: McDonnell just sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius indicating he’ll fight efforts to expand Medicaid in Virginia. Maybe he’s still angling for a last minute CPAC invitation.