Andy Barr calls on Congresswoman Alexandria Osasio-Cortez to apologize

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Congressman Andy Barr is calling on Congresswoman Alexandria Osasio-Cortez to apologize.

Barr sent a letter to Ocasio-Cortez on Friday referencing what he calls a "lack of civility" toward another colleague.

The New York congresswoman is a rising star in the Democratic Party and a frequent target for Republicans for her liberal views.

Barr invited Ocasio-Cortez to tour a Kentucky coal mine but told our sister station WKYT he wants her to apologize first for comments she made on Twitter to Texas congressman Dan Crenshaw.

"At the end of the day we all need to treat each other as colleagues with respect," said Barr.

Last month during a House Financial Services Committee Meeting Barr invited Osasio-Cortez to tour a coal mine with him.

"I invite her to go underground with me and meet the men and women who do heroic work to power the American economy," said Barr.

It was part of an exchange about climate change and the proposed Green New Deal.

"You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the South Bronx, which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country," said Ocasio-Cortez.

Barr says that the invitation is still open despite their disagreements over policy.

"Progressives say they have an open mind. I want her to show she has an open mind, come to Kentucky and learn about the ramifications about her proposals on real people struggling in real ways," said Barr.

A spokesman for congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez's office told the Herald-Leader's Washington Bureau that she does not plan on apologizing. He says the colleague she criticized was "fanning the flames of hate."

The spokesman added that the border to Kentucky is still open so they do not need Barr to meet with coal miners, although they would love him to participate.

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