Representative Peter King (R., N.Y.), who failed to rally moderates last night during votes, said today that if House Republicans could vote by a secret ballot, the votes would be there to end the government shutdown.
“In the House of Represenatives, right now, if we had a secret ballot clearly a majority of Republicans would vote to reopen the government and they would vote against Ted Cruz. I can tell you the anger on the floor is there,” King told Fox News host Gretchen Carlson in an interview.
“The fact is, they’re boxed in or they’re afraid of primaries,” he added.
He also referred to Cruz as a “fraud.”
“He’s hijacked the party,” King said bluntly of Cruz.