Peter King: Rubio has some "balls" to fundraise in New York

The New York Republican attacks Marco Rubio for voting against Hurricane Sandy aid

Published February 28, 2013 9:43PM (EST)

Rep. Peter King of New York slammed fellow Republican Marco Rubio for fundraising in New York after voting against federal funding for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

"Being from New York we’re not supposed to be suckers,” King told the New York Observer's Politicker blog. “It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you, now make us president'?"

King said that New York donors should cut off Rubio and any other Republicans who “threw a knife in the back in New York” by opposing the bill. “[Republicans] are more and more taking on this anti-Northeast attitude,” he said. “We say fine, if you want to be anti-Northeast, then the Northeast is going to be anti-them."

Rubio, who has been meeting with a number of Wall Street bigwigs and potential donors, was among the Republicans to vote against the Sandy funding bill back in January. At the time, King and other Northeast Republicans sharply criticized House Republican leadership for delaying the vote, saying that “People in my party, they wonder why they’re becoming a minority party. They’re writing off New York, they’re writing off New Jersey."


By Jillian Rayfield

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