The Miami Republican who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee said she turned down the invite to tonight's dinner at the White House "without a moment's hesitation.
"I don't know if it's appropriate as a refugee of Communism to be sitting, with a lot of pomp and chit chat, with a leader who has instituted economic reforms but has not opened the political arena," she said.
The Havana-born lawmaker said she'll see Chinese President Hu Jintao when he visits with Congress Thursday and plans to give him a letter she gave to President Barack Obama outling her issues with China: "He censors the Internet, he has students rounded up, religious minorities are prosecuted."
She said she wouldn't have held a state dinner for Hu: "There are so many leaders who are far more deserving than the leader of a repressive regime."
Here's the guest list. House Foreign Affairs top Democrat, Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., made it, along with Senate Foreign Relations chair John Kerry, D-Mass., and ranking Republican Richard Lugar of Indiana. Kenneth Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, was also invited: "I take the reason I was invited as a statement to President Hu," Roth told reporters as he arrived.