King blasts Rubio for fundraising in New York
New York has long been seen as something like a political ATM, one of several states ripe with cash for candidates who visit, collect checks and return to their districts or states to campaign.
Rep. Peter King, a New York Republican, again blasted a member of his party who tapped the New York fundraising well but cast a vote against federal relief funds for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. This time, the candidate in his sights was Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a potential 2016 presidential candidate.
"It's bad enough that potential Republican presidential candidates voted against Hurricane Sandy aid, that's inexcusable enough," he wrote in an email to supporters on Thursday. "But to have the balls to come in and say, 'We screwed you now make us president?'"
Rubio was recently in New York for a series of fundraising meetings, according to reports including one from Politico.
"I don't think any senator or congressman who voted against aid for Sandy should get one nickel from New York," King continued.
Rubio had initially voted against the $60 billion aid package in late 2012, but later voted in favor of a piecemeal aid package.
King previously spoke out against Republicans who opposed the Sandy aid package in a January appearance on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."
"These people have no problem finding New York, these Republicans, when they are trying to raise money," he said.
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