(AFIP deactivated with Walter Reed under BRAC, SEP 2011, Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner reactivated as Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) under US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command)
Yes, and every GOP leader (Scott is most certainly not one; heck he’s not even elecetd) who was invited declined to attend. Let’s not forget, it was a public event. Nothing stopped Scott from, you know, attending. And of course the RNC held their own MLK commemoration on Monday, inviting only blacks who are Republicans. A genuinely separate—but equal celebration
“Senator Scott was not invited to speak at the event,” Greg Blair, a spokesman for the South Carolina lawmaker, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. “The senator believes today is a day to remember the extraordinary accomplishments and sacrifices of Dr. King, Congressman John Lewis, and an entire generation of black leaders. Today’s anniversary should simply serve as an opportunity to reflect upon how their actions moved our country forward in a remarkable way.”
“Republican Party officials reached out to organizers of this week’s March on Washington commemoration with a series of suggestions for possible GOP speakers, but several of the people they recommended were never contacted with invitations to speak, according to Republican National Committee officials.”
I guess all those invitations you mention got lost in the mail, eh? Or better, too late. That’s always a good ploy — I’ve used it myself. Wait until you know that the people have other obligations, and *then* make the offer: “More than half a dozen different prominent Republicans were invited to speak, but several of the invitations went out quite late in the planning. All sent their regrets.” Yeah, I’ve played that game.