White House meeting got 'heated,' but Stumbo didn't get kicked out
House Speaker Greg Stumbo (Source: WAVE 3 News)
“Just got thrown out of the White House after a shouting match with the administration over coal,” was the message that appeared on Stumbo’s Twitter account.
“OK, just kidding about getting kicked out, but the meeting was heated to say the least and cut short,” Stumbo’s account later said.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Three top-ranking Kentucky Democrats weren’t thrown out of the White House after all, but their meeting with the Obama administration did get “intense,” one of them said.
On Wednesday, House Speaker Greg Stumbo tweeted that he had gotten “thrown out of the White House after shouting match.” He later clarified that the meeting got heated and was cut short, but no one had kicked him out.
The Kentucky lawmakers used raised voices explain how proposed environmental rules would harm Kentucky’s coal industry, said House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, who was part of the group. Still, Obama administration officials handed them a card with an invitation to return, he said.
Stumbo, Adkins and Rep. Sannie Overly were there for the meeting with about a dozen other lawmakers from several states. Adkins said he had been waiting for the meeting for six years, since the president took office.
Stumbo’s tweet caused a stir among watchers of Kentucky politics. The speaker wasn’t immediately available to explain the situation Wednesday, causing confusion.