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Rep. King: My Wife Would Knock Norquist's Head Off

By Stephen Feller   |   Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 04:00 PM

Taking the battle for lower taxes to a personal level, New York Congressman Peter King said his wife would punch anti-tax activist Grover Norquist in the face if she ever met him.

“The fact that he brought my wife into it – I don’t think he’s ever met me, certainly he’s never met my wife,” King, a New York Republican, said in an interview with Politico Live on Wednesday. “And he better hope he doesn’t. She’ll knock his head off."

King’s response during an interview on Politico Live came after Norquist said Rosemary King should worry that her husband was willing to give up a long-standing commitment to not raise taxes.

During the last week, King has said that he would be willing to consider whatever deal Speaker of the House John Boehner negotiates with the White House to avoid the fiscal cliff — even if it includes tax cuts.

Such a vote would violate Norquist’s pledge, which King signed when he was first running for Congress 19 years ago.

Norquist said on CNN that King was trying to “weasel out” of the pledge, and that he hopes “his wife understands the commitments last a little longer than two years or something.”

King told Newsday that Norquist was a “lowlife,” adding that he was surprised his wife was added to the conversation.

“He means nothing to me,” King said. “I did sign the pledge thing . . . But to say that a pledge on an issue like taxes lasts for a lifetime is absolutely ridiculous. We’re not talking about a moral issue like capital punishment or abortion or war and peace. We’re talking about an issue where obviously I am opposed to tax increases as a general rule.”

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