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Republican Congressman Pete King today took aim at the Tea Party, launching a PAC to promote what he dubs “common sense” candidates–and to lay the groundwork for his potential run for president.
Speaking to Politicker by phone as he drove across New Hampshire, Mr. King said the new effort, unveiled today in the crucial early voting state, was aimed at helping Republican candidates who reject the Tea Party’s isolationist, anti-government message.
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Bill de Blasio attended President Barack Obama’s fund-raiser tonight, providing a valuable photo-op for the Democratic Party’s mayoral nominee.
It also provided Mr. Obama, who sported an afro in his younger days, an opportunity to marvel at Mr. de Blasio’s son, Dante, and his much-sensationalized haircut.
Don’t start printing “Chuck 2016″ signs just yet.
Senator Chuck Schumer may be heading to the cornfields of Iowa, a longtime tradition for pols seeking the White House. But he insisted over Twitter this afternoon that he has no such ambitions.
Rep. Pete King says President Barack Obama made a serious mistake today when he announced he’d seek congressional approval to attack Syria, which is accused of slaughtering its own people with chemical weapons.
Mr. King, an outspoken hawk on foreign policy matters who is flirting with his own presidential bid in 2016, accused Mr. Obama of setting a precedent that will hamstring other administrations going forward. “President Obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander-in-chief and undermining the authority of future presidents,” Mr. King argued in a statement.
Manhattanite Jason Furman earned Senate confirmation on Thursday, becoming the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.
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.”
Hey, did you hear that Congressman Pete King might run for president? If you haven’t, Mr. King wants that to change.
Hours after confirming his interest in the White House to Politicker today, Mr. King fired off an email to his supporters entitled, “Rep. Peter King Mulls 2016 Presidential Bid.” In the quick missive, Mr. King says, “Recently my name has been floated as a potential 2016 Presidential candidate … I won’t rule out a possible run.”
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.
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As President Barack Obama’s opponents pile on in the aftermath of multiple recent controversies–notably his reaction to the Benghazi attacks, revelations that the Internal Revenue Service focused on conservative-aligned nonprofits and the Justice Department’s unprecedented snooping on press communications–one local congressman wants it to be known that he is also not pleased.
To wit, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and southern Brooklyn, released a lengthy statement this afternoon blasting Mr. Obama for “bringing Chicago-style politics to the White House.” This style of underhanded rule, Mr. Grimm said, has resulted in a presidency that is “the most secretive, deceptive, and divisive we’ve seen in modern times.”
President Barack Obama returned to the city this afternoon for a trio of star-studded fund-raising events.
Mr. Obama’s first stop was the West Village home of movie producer Harvey Weinstein and his wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman, where about 65 people paying between $16,200 and $20,000 gathered around tables draped in white linen to hear the president speak.