Source: Tommy Christopher / Mediaite
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor abruptly canceled a speech at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School because the University couldn’t guarantee the “selected audience” that had previously been agreed upon,according to several reports. According to Cantor’s office, the speech was originally restricted to media, students, and faculty, but UPenn decided to open the speech up to the first 300 people to show up. The University says the speech was always open to the public.
Cantor’s office issued this statement to The Daily Pennsylvanian:
“The Office of the Majority Leader was informed last night by Capitol Police that the University of Pennsylvania was unable to ensure that the attendance policy previously agreed to could be met,” wrote Cantor spokeswoman Laena Fallon. “Wharton is a educational leader in innovation and entrepreneurship, and the Majority Leader appreciated the invitation to speak with the students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the UPENN community.”
But according to the school, the event was always supposed to be open to the public:
Penn spokesman Ron Ozio said in a statement that Wharton’s speaker series “is typically open to the general public, and that is how the event with Majority Leader Cantor was billed. We very much regret if there was any misunderstanding with the Majority Leader’s office on the staging of his presentation.”
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