King blasts Rubio for fundraising in New York
February 28th, 2013
06:01 PM ET
10 years ago

King blasts Rubio for fundraising in New York

(CNN) - New York has long been seen as something like a political ATM, one of several states ripe with cash for candidates who visit, collect checks and return to their districts or states to campaign.

Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, again blasted a member of his party who tapped the New York fundraising well but cast a vote against federal relief funds for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. This time, the candidate in his sights was Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.

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"It's bad enough that potential Republican presidential candidates voted against Hurricane Sandy aid, that's inexcusable enough," he wrote in an email to supporters on Thursday. "But to have the balls to come in and say, 'We screwed you now make us president?'"

Rubio was recently in New York for a series of fundraising meetings, according to reports including one from Politico.

"I don't think any senator or congressman who voted against aid for Sandy should get one nickel from New York," King continued.

Rubio had initially voted against the $60 billion aid package in late 2012, but later voted in favor of a piecemeal aid package.

King previously spoke out against Republicans who opposed the Sandy aid package in a January appearance on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

"These people have no problem finding New York, these Republicans, when they are trying to raise money," he said.

Filed under: Marco Rubio • New York • Peter King
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. clarke

    I like a person who speaks his mind. I also agree with him.

    February 28, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Rubio didn't vote against the aid, fool, he voted against the PORK!

    If the pork had been taken OUT, of that bill, he would have voted FOR it.

    How about some TRUTH in your criticism?

    February 28, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Name lynn

    People please all this blasting people take a look at yourself, an take care of your business.

    February 28, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. .Rose

    Typical for latin men. He feels he deserves everything but gives NOTHING in return

    February 28, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Blinded by the republican lies

    As much as I don't like Pete King here in my state...I appreciate the stand he took for Sandy...I'm glad he is sticking to his guns about fundraising here in New York after voting angainst us...I just hope that drum beat continues. We will see what happens when the campaigns go full swing..

    February 28, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Sounds like Rubio wandered into the wrong neighborhood !

    Rubio needs to be reminded of his actions next time Florida is hit by a hurricane .

    February 28, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Looks like a battle royal rumble brewing between Northeast-New England Republicans versus Tea Party Republicans. Can Tea Partiers launch an effective inquisition and purge Republican politicians guilty of heresy? Will Rep King and Gov Christie be targets of the Tea Party thought police.

    February 28, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Pkm duster

    Are you sure rubio mittens and ryan are not brothers they are all monsters thank you mr king

    February 28, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. Jay Dee

    King is right. What else can be said?

    February 28, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. cbr

    Sen. Rubio is an interesting fellow. Not one red cent for hurricane victims in NY but lots of money for those in Florida, his home state. Right now he is doing everything possible to look presidential. He is seriously compromised by his own need to be in the spotlight. He is not making decisions based on merit just on how many votes he will get.

    Those members of Congress who held up aid money for NY, NJ, Ct., MA., etc, should hear from those of is living in this area. We are being too complacent. Folks were living in homes without heat, running water, etc. because they could not afford to live anywhere but their own homes. Do you remember where Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan went the day after the Republican Convention? They went to LA to give support to Gov. Jindel. The South, in their views deserved to be helped. Evidently teh north did not.

    February 28, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. Norma Vessels

    What do you expect .. he's a Republican Senator, isn't he? They're all programmed to say no to anything our
    President wants .. even if it's for a really important cause such as disaster relief.

    February 28, 2013 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  12. Reggie from LA

    That was a tall stand. I don't always see eye to eye with Peter King, most often not, but the point is, he shows some real guts on this one. Apparently he's never going to forget how they treated NY and the same for NJ. Right is right. There needs to be more of it. These people are lawmakers, at the top of the leadership chain in America, but too many of them are owned by special interests. NRA's arrogance is proof of that. They've basically stated (in so many words) that they own Congress. Pathetic. We done, sir. Kick that carpetbagger out of your state.

    February 28, 2013 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  13. Tom

    All New Yorkers should research and subsequently remember all those who voted against Sandy aid. It's just a matter of time before a hurricane devastates Florida and the Gulf Coast. We New Yorkers won't forget!!!

    February 28, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. belinda

    Rubio, leaves a bad feeling in my gut. Check out the news web sites for Florida. Rampant crime, a total lack of oversight, for everything, that concerns children. How can he sleep at night ? Some of the most horrific crime comes out of this state. Massive, Drug abuse by prescription. The only beautiful thing about Florida is the weather. Check how many elderly people die from getting hit by cars. It's crazy. Check how many people go missing, on a regular basis. This is where serial killers go to retire. It's too easy to get away with murder in this state. Rubio, is accomplishing absolutely nothing for this state.

    February 28, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Mike

    King is right; Rubio has more b*lls than brains. Does Rubio ever even spend any time in FL anymore?

    February 28, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. gop usa

    The anchor baby Rubio disgusts most repubs.........All Rubio is good for is pandering to illegals and fellow anchor babys..........Do the gop a favor and crawl under a rock and dont come back out.......Most gop would never vote for this token anchor baby...

    February 28, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. Howard's Daddy

    I'm guessing he's not King's savior. Good for you Rep. King for sticking to your guns and showing us refreshing honesty by exposing Rubio's hypocrisy.

    February 28, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. carlos

    the poster baby, poster boy and now poster little man..............

    February 28, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  19. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Rubio votes against aid to New York for Superstore Sandy, then collects money from republicans in New York. I guess "stupid is, as stupid does."

    February 28, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  20. ted

    Peter King and Chris Christie are standing up for their area and I am glad they are. The hypocrisy of Rubio is astounding but it is the GOPs fault for abdicating responsibility for its message to the TEA Party.

    February 28, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. Larry L

    Rubio is a coconut who dances like a trained monkey for his GOP handlers. He's Sarah Palin dressed up like Rickey Ricardo and mouthing sound bites that have massaged by polls and focus groups. He's the "new" GOP – a marketing campaign disguising the same old bigots.

    February 28, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  22. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It sounds like King called Rubio a hypocrite. From the look and sound of things, Rubio is nothing more than an idealogue.

    February 28, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |