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Rep. Peter King Rips Rubio For Fundraising In New York

Rep. Peter King Rips Rubio For Fundraising In New York
3/1/2013 1:46 PM ET

Clearly still holding a grudge against lawmakers that voted against a Hurricane Sandy relief bill, New York Congressman Peter King, R-N.Y., lashed out at Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for fundraising in New York despite voting against the legislation.

"Being from New York we're not supposed to be suckers," King told the New York Observer's Politicker on Thursday. "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?'"

"Rubio and these other Republican candidates are coming to New York to raise money," he added. "I don't think any senator or congressman who voted against aid for Sandy should get one nickel from New York."

Rubio, who is seen as a potential Republican presidential candidate in 2016, was reportedly in New York recently for a series of fundraisers.

King was a vocal critic of the Republican leadership in the House when they scrapped a vote on a Hurricane Sandy disaster aid bill in the last Congress but had seemed placated when the bill was brought back up early in the current session.

A number of Republicans voted against the disaster aid bill, arguing that the legislation included spending that was unrelated to disaster recovery.

by RTT Staff Writer

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