Politics & Government

Is the next speaker of the U.S. House attending Breeders' Cup?

Rep. Andy Barr
is scheduled to host McCarthy at Keeneland on Oct. 31.
Rep. Andy Barr is scheduled to host McCarthy at Keeneland on Oct. 31.

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr was scheduled to host the majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives at the Breeders' Cup World Championships next month in Lexington. Now, he might be hosting the speaker of the House at Keeneland.

Barr's office confirmed Friday morning that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is tentatively scheduled to join Barr, R-Lexington, at the much-anticipated event.

With the stunning announcement Friday that House Speaker John Boehner will resign his leadership post and his seat in Congress Oct. 31, McCarthy appears to be the early front-runner to replace Boehner as the top Republican in the House.

If he wins the race, McCarthy might be too busy for a horse race, especially since Boehner's resignation becomes effective on the same day.

[Related: Mitch McConnell, Joe Craft and Kelly Knight heap praise on John Boehner after retirement announcement]

McCarthy was in Kentucky last year, joining U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie at an event in Bowling Green in July to raise money for state Republicans.

Barr said in a statement that Boehner "has been a loyal friend to me and my family."

"I am grateful for his leadership, his honesty, his servant's heart and his patriotic willingness to place the interests of the nation, the Congress and the House Republican Conference over his own," Barr said. "Today, he has shown the kind of humility, class and selflessness that the pope called all of us to pursue yesterday."