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McConnell plans briefing on Burma in Louisville, makes GQ powerful list

McConnell plans briefing on Burma in Louisville, makes GQ powerful list

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 18 at 2:36 PM

(WHAS11)  On the heels of what is described as an "emotional meeting" between U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Myanmar's (Burma) pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Kentucky's senior senator returns home to Louisville on Saturday to meet with refugees from Burma.

McConnell is expected to discuss the trip, which included his first face-to-face meeting with Suu Kyi.  For nearly twenty years, McConnell has pressed for political reform in Burma, including for the release of Suu Kyi, who had spent 22 years under house arrest until her release in November 2010.

McConnell also met with Burmese government officials and U.S. Embassy personnel.  The Senator discussed political reform, bilateral relations and regional security issues with Suu Kyi and the Burmese leaders, according to a statement from his office.

The Louisville meeting is 10am Saturday at Crescent Hill Baptist Church.

McConnell, meanwhile, has been tabbed the second most powerful person in Washington D.C., in rankings complied by Gentlemen's Quarterly (GQ) magazine.

The list does not include the President and Vice-President.

McConnell is second to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)

"D.C. right now is all about the Politics of "No"—and even Cantor has to go through this guy eventually."

Neither Ron or Rand Paul are on the list, but Florida Tea Party darling U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R)  comes in at 43.


 

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