December 9th, 2008
02:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Rep. King eyes Clinton's Senate seat

New York Congressman Peter King is interested in Hillary Clinton's former Senate position.
New York Congressman Peter King is interested in Hillary Clinton's former Senate position.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep.  Peter King, R-New York,  said Tuesday he's interested in running for Hillary Clinton's senate seat in 2010.

King's spokesman, Kevin Fogarty, told CNN that the eight term Congressman is "very interested, but he hasn't made a decision."

Fogarty also confirmed to CNN comments King made earlier in the day to the Associated Press that he is "seriously considering the race for Hillary Clinton's seat" and that New York State GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello "supports me 100 percent."

Fogarty said King is meeting with his campaign advisors next week to talk about a senate bid and would consider a run regardless of whether or not he could face Caroline Kennedy.

President-elect Barack Obama has nominated Clinton to serve as his secretary of state. If confirmed by the Senate, Clinton would resign her seat in the chamber after being sworn in as secretary of state soon after Obama is inaugurated as President on January 20th.

Clinton's successor would be appointed by New York Governor David Paterson, a fellow Democrat. There are about a dozen Democrats in competition for the seat. Among them is Caroline Kennedy, who has had a conversation with Paterson regarding the position.

Whomever Paterson names would serve the next two years, until a special election is held in November 2010 to fill the remaining two years of Clinton's term.

King represents New York's 3rd congressional district, which is located on Long Island. He is currently ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee and is also on the Financial Services Committee.

GOP strategist Kevin Madden says King "has a very strong base in downstate New York and appeals to the constituencies in Albany and surrounding counties."


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  1. sophia nyc

    It'll be a cold day in hell..

    December 9, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Matt

    Is that Dan Akroyd? OMG!!!

    December 9, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Matt

    At least this guy wouldn't be getting it because of money, fame and/or surname.

    December 9, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Rob Johnson

    Well, somebody needs to lose to Caroline Kennedy.

    It might as well be him. Congratulations Rep. King!

    December 9, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. Jackie in Dallas

    The vultures are circling....

    December 9, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Devon Spencer

    This is NY. Republicans have no chance of winning that seat.

    December 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Independent Voice

    Good, glad to see blunderin Billary go make a fool of herself a second time in the White House.

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. King couldn't be any worse than President wanna be Hillary.

    And while we're at it, lets see that moron Paterson thrown out on his butt. He doesn't do anything positive and only caters to his party's ideology in the few moves he makes as Gov.

    December 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  8. DOCS 3

    WHAT A JOKE!! ALL THE TIME HE SENT UNDER THE BUSH ROOF MAKES HIM NOT ONLY QUESTIONABLE BUT ILLOGICAL. HE IS PART OF THAT OLD THAT HAS TO BE THROWN OUT WITH THE WASH WATER. WE TRULY BELIEVE THAT SOME POLITICIANS THINK THE PEOPLE IS IN SOME KIND OF TIME WARP AND DON'T REMEMBER THE "DO-NOTHINGS" WHEN IT COMES TO THE PEOPLE'S BUSINESS.
    WE CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK DON'T FORGET.

    December 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Godluvr

    Isn't he the one who, while on the campaign trial, made derogatory remarks to the young hispanic man? He's not the one!

    December 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. New Yorker

    Go for it King! We need more Republicans in the Senate.

    December 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Baze

    This guy looks like the lead vampire in that movie 30 days of night

    December 9, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. No Incumbents 2010

    Well, if he had enough money he could buy the seat from the Governor.

    December 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Lynne

    Not that it matters to me, but shouldn't Clinton's seat be given to another demorcrat, since that's what the people voted for?

    December 9, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Patrick

    This is concerning the election that will happen in 2010, not for the immediate appointment. Since the Governor of New York is a Democrat, the appointment will go to a Democrat, but New York State law apparently requires an election to fill the Senate seat for the remainder of the term after two years are served by an appointee.

    December 9, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. nick

    he wants to run aginst who ever is appointed to the seat. read the article it says run for election in 2010.

    December 9, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  16. Frank, Las Vegas

    Just what we need, an eight term Republican. They still, just don't get it! I hope Kennedy gets the nod and watch 2010 go 80% for Kennedy. Even as that happens, the Republicans still won't get it. They have become the party of the dinosaur. Old ideas, old tactics, just plain old and tired.

    December 9, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. BCH

    Now if there was just some sort of double jeopardy that would get King out of his seat when he loses. Guys a fascist.

    December 9, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  18. sunshine

    kennedy best choice!

    December 9, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. ED FL

    King thinks his name is a synonym for the original position that King represents. You have to earn it Peter. He is the republican symbol of know it all accomplish nothing. He likes to see his face on TV.

    December 9, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |

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