Kamala Harris mum on charity invitation from Catholic group she criticized as ‘extreme’

Potential Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., hasn’t responded to an invitation to plunge into a pool of ice water to raise money for the D.C. Special Olympics in February.

She was publicly invited to attend last week by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic charity group she recently criticized as extreme. The 136-year-old group invited Harris and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, to participate in the popular D.C. fundraiser after the senators described the organization earlier this month as having “extreme positions” and having “opposed a woman’s right to choose.”

In a Dec. 22 letter to the senators, the Knights of Columbus’s Capitol Hill chapter defended the organization and extended an invitation for Harris and Hirono to get involved in its charitable activities.

“We recently read about statements which expressed the fear that the Knights of Columbus held many extreme beliefs. It is our great pleasure to assure you that this fear is not grounded in any truth. The Knights of Columbus in general, and O’Boyle Council in particular are dedicated to the three fundamental principles of charity, unity, and fraternity,” wrote the Knights of Columbus Capitol Hill council.

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