McConnell: What Plays in Kentucky Stays in Kentucky

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Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Louisville Cardinals 74 to 69 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Facing a tough re-election fight in a state where college basketball by his own account is “the hottest issue,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell last week avoided endorsing either Louisville or Kentucky before their Sweet 16 encounter in the NCAA tournament.

Kentucky beat Louisville by 74-69 and advanced yesterday to the Final Four .

McConnell, who was in the stands watching his alma mater Louisville win the 2013 NCAA championship, took to the Senate floor today to celebrate Kentucky’s latest victory. He earned his law degree at Kentucky.

“Once again the University of Kentucky is in the Final Four. It’s become something we’re quite accustomed to,” the senator said.

Having escaped from the tight spot a reporter put him in last week between Louisville and Kentucky partisans, McConnell capitalized on the Wildcats’ quest for its ninth national championship.

“Having won the championship at UK in 2012, we kept the championship in our state in 2013 with the University of Louisville,” he said, “and now we intend to further underscore that the college basketball capital of the world is indeed the Commonwealth.”


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