WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 – Politicians are known to make promises they don’t intend to keep. But Tuesday, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Rep. Peter King (R-NY) if he would support Texas Senator Ted Cruz should he win the Republican Party’s nomination for president.
“I hope that day never comes,” a shuddering King told Blitzer, “I will jump off that bridge when we come to it,”
If the GOP’s conservative base was ever given an incentive to walk precincts, man telephone banks, render whatever financial contributions their wallets can bear, and let neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stay them from the swift completion of their appointed task – getting Ted Cruz nominated president – then watching the ignoramus Peter King take a header off the Brooklyn Bridge should be motivation enough.
Better yet, King should volunteer to ride inside a pork barrel over Niagara Falls.
When the Republican House balked at writing New York State a blank check for Superstorm Sandy relief, King was irate.
“Sometimes party loyalty demands too much… Often, you give the benefit of the doubt to your party, but I’m over that… they’re going to have a hard time getting my vote, I can tell you that,” said King.
House Speaker John Boehner eventually caved.
Within the $61 billion relief package were “millions of dollars for Amtrak upgrades, FBI salaries and road projects in states not affected by the storm,” The Washington Times reported.
The New York Post said the bill contained “a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in D.C.”
The conservative Club for Growth’s Congressional Scorecard, which it says “ranks the behavior of Members of Congress based on issues related to limited government and economic growth,” gives King a rating of 22%. The Club for Growth made a special point of noting that King had among “the three lowest Republican scores” in Congress.
Senator Cruz says that if he is elected President of the United States, he will work to eliminate the favorite weapon of pork-barrel representatives like King – the IRS.
Then Americans can tell the threatening agents of authoritarian, big government – and the big-spending political hacks in both parties who support them – to go and take a flying leap.