For McConnell, Manchin, College Football More Than Just a Game

Wednesday, 08 Feb 2012 02:54 PM

By Dan Weil

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., would seem to be natural allies, given Manchin’s strong opposition to President Barack Obama. But college sports have turned them into enemies, Politico reports.

The fight stems from a lobbying war between the senators’ alma maters — the University of Louisville (McConnell) and West Virginia University (Manchin). Both schools sought the final open spot in the prestigious Big 12 Conference, and West Virginia won.

A private spat between the two legislators on the Senate floor late last year went nuclear in a hurry, people present told Politico.

McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, read Manchin a quote from a Louisville official who said “no improper political influence” had been exerted as each senator sought the Big 12 invitation for his school. The minority leader also demanded a public apology from Manchin for suggesting that McConnell conducted himself in an “inappropriate or unethical” manner that could justify a Senate investigation into his campaign for Louisville.

Manchin would have none of it. He pledged only to stand up forever for West Virginia’s rights and the university’s football team.

The two senators have barely uttered a word to each other since.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Ex-clinic Chief: Each Abortion Made Planned Parenthood $313.29

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 18:03 PM

A former Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director in Texas says her clinic projected a $313.29 profit per abortion an . . .

Global Poll: Americans Don't Believe in Climate Change Alarm

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 17:59 PM

Americans don't believe climate change is any big deal, and don't believe man is causing it.
 . . .

Tom Kean: Cyber-Theft Is New Focus of Terror Threat

Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 17:36 PM

Members of the 9/11 commission came together to issue a new report Tuesday, the 10th anniversary of their original one,  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved