Republican congressman Peter King, incensed with House Speaker John Boehner’s failure to bring a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy — many of whom live in his district — to the floor for a vote last night is threatening to switch parties. “These people have no problem finding New York, these Republicans, when they are trying to raise money,” he told CNN. “They raised millions of dollars in New York City and New Jersey, they sent Governor Christie around the country raising millions of dollars for them. I’m saying, anyone from New York and New Jersey who gives one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined.”
“People in my party, they wonder why they’re becoming a minority party, they’re writing off New York, they’re writing off New Jersey,” he continued. “Well, they’ve written me off, and they’re going to have a hard time getting my vote, I can tell you that.”
Asked if the incident is enough to make him switch parties, King said, “I’m going to do what I have to do, I’m going to be independent minded, as John Kennedy said, ‘Sometimes party loyalty demands too much’ . . . Often, you give the benefit of the doubt to your party, but I’m over that.”
In response to the uproar among many lawmakers in the Northeast whose constituents have been affected by the hurricane, Speaker Boehner has now pledged to get the bill passed this month.