Peter King Attacks Ted Cruz For Coming To New York To Headline GOP Dinner

After laying into Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for coming to New York to raise funds after voting against aid for Hurricane Sandy, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) criticized Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) plans to headline a New York GOP dinner on May 29.

"He went out of his way to attack New York on the bill,” King told the New York Daily News Wednesday. "It's a little early to forgive and forget."

“It’s life and death,” he said of the Sandy aid Thursday. “There were really false and phony charges made against the Sandy aid, and if Ted Cruz had prevailed, my constituents would be homeless.” King represents Long Island, where coastal areas in particular were devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

Cruz is the "featured guest" at the Manhattan dinner at the end of May, though the invitation interestingly notes that he will not be "asking for funds or donations."

The Texas senator voted against Sandy aid, claiming it was filled with "pork."

King has said that he would criticize anyone who voted against Sandy relief but made trips to New York to raise funds. "I made it clear any of those people who voted and postured against money coming to New York and New Jersey and comes up here and wants to take money out of our pockets -- forget it, stay home," he said on MSNBC in April.

King slammed House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Republicans in January for blocking a vote on Hurricane Sandy aid, but walked back his criticism after meeting with Boehner.



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