In the five days since Pete King confirmed his interest in a possible presidential campaign, the Long Island congressman has sent at least four emails to supporters touting the self-propelled speculation.
“Rep. Pete King Could Be Very Formidable Presidential Candidate vs. Hillary Clinton,” read one subject line. Another declared, “Rep. Pete King Potential 2016 Presidential Bid Garnering Lots of Attention.”
Late last night, Newxmax reported that Long Island GOP Congressman Pete King, not widely considered one of the top contenders for the White House for 2016, was nevertheless looking at running for president, citing anonymous sources.
This afternoon, Mr. King confirmed the report to Politicker.
Anthony Weiner was far more willing to rekindle old tensions with one of his former House colleagues than another last night.
Mr. Weiner, a week into his run for mayor, readily ripped Long Island Rep. Pete King on Wednesday. But, even when pressed, the infamously snarky Democrat had nothing to say about Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann–who spread allegations against his wife, Huma Abedin–and announced this week that she will not be seeking re-election next year.
“I have to say that Peter King, for one, has precious little authority on the subject, given the shameful way he has targeted people in one particular religion in his hearings,” he said in response to a Jewish Press forum question about the NYPD’s controversial surveillance of Muslim communities. “But, all that being said, I have absolutely no problem with the police, as part of their regular policing, trying to surveil any situation irrespective of where it is.”
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With the news that two of the suspected terrorists from last Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing have roots in the Russia’s Muslim-dominated Chechnyan region, Long Island Congressman Pete King says the United States “can’t afford to be politically correct” with its immigration policies anymore.
“I do believe that whether it’s Chechnya or whether it’s really any countries from areas where there is fighting going on–particularly terrorist fighting–that we have to be extra careful, extra scrupulous,” Mr. King argued during a PIX 11 interview earlier this afternoon. “That would include, to me, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Somalia [and] obviously …. somebody of a Chechnyan background. All of that, to me, we can’t afford to be politically correct and say that somebody coming from a country where there’s a Muslim war going on is the same as somebody … from Switzerland, for instance. There’s a difference.”
This morning, the New York Post‘s cover featured the power couple of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration–Beyoncé Knowles and Jay-Z–under a headline accusing Washington pols of being more starstruck by the celebrity duo than by Mr. Obama himself. Not everyone agrees with that interpretation, however, including GOP Rep. Pete King, pictured snapping a photo of Ms. Knowles. In a CNN interview today, Mr. King said the Post actually had it backwards, and Ms. Knowles was the one basking in his presence.
“It’s a great moment for Beyoncé to be seen with me,” Mr. King joked. “I mean, her career is definitely going to take off. That’s what she was waiting for all these years.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo spent the day in Washington yesterday lobbying for the approximately $40 billion in federal aid he is asking for to help the state recover from Hurricane Sandy. Politicker spoke with sources familiar with the governor’s schedule to get details on how he spent his time and who he met with on his first trip to Washington since taking office.
“The governor hit the trifecta; the White House, the Majority Leader and the speaker,” an administration official said.
Peter King says Mitt Romney never sought his endorsement, which, he says, speaks to Romney’s inability to connect “on a visceral level at all.”
Andrew Cuomo gave his most expansive comments yet about the 2016 speculation surrounding him, but still wouldn’t say much.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton noted that both she and Cuomo and Marco Rubio “ Read More
To get a flavor of these Don Imus/Peter King conversations, you don’t have to get much beyond Mr. Imus’ first words: “You are the most insincere bastard I have ever talked to.”
The subject of this session was the ongoing Secret Service prostitution scandal, and after Mr. King deplored the agents behavior, Mr. Imus asked him, “What do you do now? Just grandstand with a stupid hearing or what?”
Mr. King for once however did not take the bait, and said he didn’t see the need for hearings, grandstanding or not.
Congressman Peter King held a rally this morning where he blasted press reports critical of the NYPD’s efforts to monitor the Muslim community as “left wing rumormongering” and The Politicker asked him if he thought coverage of the controversial stop and frisk policy was similarly biased.
“Absolutely,” Mr. King said. “The stop and frisk policy of the NYPD has reduced murders by 70 to 80 percent over the last twenty years.”