By JAVIER MANJARRESRep. Pete King criticized Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday for having “the balls” to raise money on Wall Street despite voting against a Superstorm Sandy relief bill.
“Being from New York we’re not supposed to be suckers,” King (R-N.Y.) told The New York Observer’s Politicker. “It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you now make us president?’”-Politico
Yup. That’s how Congressman King feels about Rubio’s visits to Wall Street, in an obvious move to pave the road for a possible Rubio 2016 presidential run.
King added, “Rubio and these other Republican candidates are coming to New York to raise money,” and added, “I don’t think any senator or congressman who voted against aid for Sandy should get one nickel from New York.”
In Rubio’s defense, the first Sandy relief bill was full of political waste, aka pork. Most, if not all of these types of bills are comprised of a lot of waste simply because legislators see them as a great opportunity to capitalize on the emotions surrounding these types of disasters to sneak in some payback for special-interest lobbyists and constituents.So with Rubio not voting for the initial Sandy relief bill and voting on a less pork-laden bill, I believe he did the right thing. After all, aren’t King and other northeastern members of Congress against pork-barrel spending too?