King Levels Rubio for NY Fundraising

Friday, 01 Mar 2013 10:24 AM

By Lisa Barron

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New York Rep. Peter King believes Sen. Marco Rubio’s recent campaign fundraising efforts in the Big Apple are inexcusable after the Florida Republican voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill.

“It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough,” King told the New York Observer Thursday, referring to his GOP party colleagues. “But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you, now make us president?’”

In his interview, King went on to urge Empire State donors to cut off Rubio and any other member of Congress who “threw a knife in the back of New York” by voting “no” on the bill.

“Rubio and these other Republican candidates are coming to New York to raise money,” King said. “I don’t think any senator or congressman who voted against aid for Sandy should get one nickel from New York.”

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In recent weeks, Rubio has met with some of the most powerful GOP backers on Wall Street, including Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. CEO Henry Kravis, and senior executives at Goldman Sachs and Barclays Capital, according to Politico.

King’s lashing of Rubio was not the first time he’s vented at his Republican colleagues over their failure to quickly pass aid to New York and New Jersey communities devastated by Sandy last year.

After House GOP leaders decided to adjourn the House in early January without taking up the relief bill, King told Fox News, “I’m saying right now, anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their minds. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jerseyans. It was an absolute disgrace.”

King’s fellow Republican, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, also condemned the move, saying that House leaders had “failed that most basic test of public service.”

“Shame on you. [This] is why the American people hate Congress,” he said at the time.

In the Observer interview, King linked the Conservative Political Action Conference’s recent snub of Christie to the Sandy vote.

“They are more and more taking on this anti-Northeast attitude,” King said of his party. “We say fine, if you want to be anti-Northeast, then the Northeast is going to be anti-them.”

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