Peter King: "I wouldn't want to be involving New York with Ted Cruz"

"It's a little early to forgive and forget," King said of Cruz's vote against Hurricane Sandy aid

By Jillian Rayfield

Published May 2, 2013 1:50PM (EDT)

Rep. Peter King doesn't think the New York GOP should have invited Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to host its fundraiser this month, in light of his vote against Hurricane Sandy relief aid. "I wouldn't want to be involving New York with Ted Cruz," King said.

"He went out of his way to attack New York on the bill,” King, R-N.Y., added, the New York Daily News reports. "It's a little early to forgive and forget."

“It’s life and death,” King continued. “There were really false and phony charges made against the Sandy aid, and if Ted Cruz had prevailed, my constituents would be homeless."

Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told the Daily News that “the senator fully supported sending appropriate aid for Sandy relief, just not a bill that included billions in spending completely unrelated to aid.”

King has previously blasted Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for fundraising in New York after voting against the bill. “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’?”

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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