ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Republicans waiting to see U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell put his arm around his political nemesis Matt Bevin will have to wait a little longer.
Bevin canceled an appearance at the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Tuesday where McConnell, the Senate majority leader, was the scheduled speaker. And McConnell has said he will not attend the state Republican Party’s Lincoln Day dinner on Saturday when Bevin will be the featured speaker.
The absences seem to highlight a tense relationship between the state’s senior senator and its likely Republican nominee for governor one year after McConnell defeated Bevin in the Senate primary.
A spokesman for Bevin said a scheduling conflict forced him to change his schedule. McConnell said he has to return to Washington on Saturday to prepare for a rare Sunday session to vote on the Patriot Act.