Bob McDonnell not invited to speak at CPAC

Chris Christie isn't the only Republican governor getting snubbed by the Conservative Political Action Conference. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was not invited, according to someone close to CPAC who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Steve Helber/Associated Press - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the press in front of a statue of George Washington at the Capitol on Feb. 5 in Richmond.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks to the media in front of a statue of George Washington at the Capitol on Feb. 5 in Richmond. (AP)

McDonnell, a potential 2016 candidate, spoke at the conference for the past two years. Like Christie, McDonnell is popular in his state. But he has come under fire from conservatives for backing a transportation deal that raises taxes.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, who hopes to replace McDonnell in the governor's mansion this year, is scheduled to speak at CPAC. So will several high-profile politicians seen as possible presidential contenders, including Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

While he won't address the thousands of activists who descend on Washington for CPAC each year, McDonnell will keynote a "Faith and Freedom Coalition Prayer Breakfast" on  March 15, an event on the conference's official schedule.

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