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Senator Tim Scott Turned Down Invitation To 50th Anniversary Of MLK Speech

Source: Tommy Christopher / Mediaite

One of the controversies surrounding the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King‘s “I Have A Dream” speech has been the absence of Republicans at the event, despite many of them having been invited. One prominent Republican, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), told Roll Call through a spokesperson that he had not been invited, but the paper reported, Thursday afternoon, that an email confirms that Sen. Scott’s office declined an invitation to the event earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Roll Call reported on the status of invitations to Republican leaders like Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, but had this to report about Sen. Tim Scott:

While Cantor and Boehner were among the Republicans who were invited, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only African-American in the Senate, was not invited, his office told CQ Roll Call.

A snub of Sen. Scott would seem particularly egregious, given his status as the only African American currently serving in the U.S. Senate. As it turns out, though, Scott wasn’t snubbed. Roll Call reports today:

The Senate’s only black lawmaker wasn’t invited to speak at Wednesday’s 50th anniversary March on Washington, because Tim Scott’s office declined an invitation to attend the ceremony as a spectator, according to a source connected to the event.

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  • Fordf250

    Who really cares about this guy? He has voted against everything that would benefit minorities placed in front of him. His name might as well be Jesse Helms. I have no respect for this or any minority republican.

  • Laura Frank

    They’re always trying to make something out of nothing if they didn’t get invited (which they did) Why didn’t they reach out like all the thousands of people that made their way there without one !!!

  • Melvin Campbell

    THIS IS WHAT SO EFFIN WRONG WITH BLACK FOLK. THE TRUTH IS HE WAS SENT A FORM LETTER LIKE EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS. That letter did not specifically ask for him to speak and besides I highly doubt his remarks would have been well received by the largely democratic leaning crowd.

  • WJ

    All those other folk I viewed standing at the scene were not invited either as American citizens from all walks of life! You Senator are a “newbie” on the scene that apparently does not realize that MLK’s courageous beliefs and actions is why you are where you are today!!! Senator you like the other Republicans in Washington are “pimples on the pathway of progress”!!!

  • Strivinginsc

    A puppet moves with the strings that controls it…..

  • Cycledad

    I agree it was better for him to spend time visiting and talking with folks in SC than being a token in the crowd for Obama..

  • Cheri

    he was not asked to speak. The RNC gave a list (w/ him on it) and was ignored. The only black Sen. was not invited to speak because he’s Republican. But you are hoping enough people will be dumb enough to not notice the difference between attending and speaking.

    • DaJynx

      Check your facts. Scott’s office declined the invitation earlier this month. Are you repeating what you’ve heard before checking the information?

  • Cheri

    I have to wonder what Roland, Sharpton et al would say if Sen Barack Obama was not asked to speak at an MLK event as the only black Senator. If the DNC put his name on a list with others and all were ignored.

  • Sherry L. Howard

    SMH that stupid grin on Scott’s face says it all. I wonder how he will feel when not IF his republican masters turn on him SMH

  • DaJynx

    Anyone whom has the opinion that Senator Scott was snubbed by not being invited to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington are supporting his poor excuse for not showing up.

    Check your facts. Senator Scott’s office declined the invitation earlier this month. Are you repeating what you’ve heard before checking the information?

    Senator Scott should just “Be a Republican” about it. Senator Scott, tell the truth you had no intention of attending the celebration. Invitation or not this is a part of history that made it possible for Mr Scott to be a Senator. The Senator should have shown up even if just to show his appreciation for those whom braved the struggle for all minorities. The little respect Senator Scott could have garnered from across party lines has been diminished to nil.

    I could not care less that he chose not to attend. He was not elected to the Senate. Governor Haley’s “Boy”, Yes I said it!

  • Guest

    Well in his defense. He was initially invited to attend not to speak. He might have felt slighted being that he is the only Black American in the senate that he was asked to speak at the event. And who knows, maybe he had other sh*t to do. People have lives. You can’t condemn the man without knowing the reasons

  • Real Ish

    Well in his defense. He was initially invited to attend not to speak. He might have felt slighted being that he is the only Black American in the senate that he was not asked to speak at the event. And who knows, maybe he had other sh*t to do. People have lives. You can’t condemn the man without knowing the reasons