GOP Rep. King: “Anyone from NY & NJ who contributes one penny to [GOP] is out of their mind”

As you may already know, the Republican party killed a multi-billion dollar Hurricane Sandy relief bill last night, to the shock of the entire northeast of the country, the media, and politicians of both political parties.  President Obama even urged this morning that the GOP House pass the legislation today (see his statement below).

To add insult to injury, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) told CNN that there’s “no immediate needs” for the money. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of families ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Remember that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney proposed dismantling FEMA in the middle of Hurricane Sandy (he proposed it during the GOP debates, then reaffirmed it during Sandy).

There’s video of King – a quite prominent Republican House member – losing it on CNN over this Hurricane Sandy debacle, below. Here’s a quick snippet in quote, then the video.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY):

“I’m saying right now, anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their mind. Because what they did last night was put a knife in the back of New Yorkers and New Jersyans. It was an absolute disgrace.”

“They wonder why they’re becoming a minority party, why we’re gonna be a party in a permanent minority. What they did last night was so immoral, so disgraceful, so irresponsible. They’re supposed to be the party of family values, and you have families that are starving, families that are suffering, families that are spread all over, living in sub standard housing. This was a disgrace. They are inexcusable and they’ve had it. As far as I’m concerned, I’m on my own, they’re gonna have to go a long way to get my vote on anything.”

President Obama weighed in this morning, urging the House to pass the Hurricane Sandy relief belief asap:

It has only been two months since Hurricane Sandy devastated communities across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut as well as other eastern states. Our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together. Our states are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure. And so, last month, working closely with the Governors of the affected states, I sent Congress an urgent request to support their efforts to rebuild and recover. The Senate passed this request with bipartisan support. But the House of Representatives has refused to act, even as there are families and communities who still need our help to rebuild in the months and years ahead, and who also still need immediate support with the bulk of winter still in front of us.

When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need. I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same, bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans.

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25 Responses to “GOP Rep. King: “Anyone from NY & NJ who contributes one penny to [GOP] is out of their mind””

  1. ComradeRutherford says:

    “I’m saying right now, anyone from New York and New Jersey who contributes one penny to congressional Republicans is out of their mind.”

    But *voting* for Rep King and Gov Christie is still OK!

  2. DetroitSam says:

    Court challenges are currently being prepared.

  3. DetroitSam says:

    I wonder how many people who vote republican will do so after the teabaggers kicked the Sandy victims to the curb? Bet that a large majority of them will continue to do so. Even those who lost every thing to Sandy.
    Their hatred of Pres Obama is so great that they would sell their children down the creek if they thought they were denying him something. Suffering people be damn.

  4. GoBlue says:

    Lemme guess: you’re from either Ohio, Indiana, or Tennessee.

  5. Krusher says:

    Until it’s their state. Then they’re all over FEMA with their hands out.

  6. Krusher says:

    Oh, sure. Folks used those dinosaurs for transport. I read all about it.

  7. Krusher says:

    Rep. King wouldn’t have a problem with this had it been any other state. Think he gives a shit about New Jersey? Nope. Connecticut? Nope. His voters are going to be on his ass now, and this hissy fit is just to try to keep them off it. He doesn’t really give a damn about the people of New York. Like his fellow-traveler sociopaths, he only cares about himself.

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  9. karmanot says:

    NY, NJ—the Republican version of the Warsaw Ghetto.

  10. samiinh says:

    Isn’t it KY where dinosaurs walked with humans 6000 years ago. They have a museum to prove it.

  11. Jafafa Hots says:

    What is there in Kentucky that could possibly be damaged?

  12. Leo says:

    Are you sure you’re not confusing him with Steven King of Iowa?

  13. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Pardon me for laughing hysterically, but,

    Bwa Ha Ha Ha…

  14. GoBlue says:

    Congressman Rogers: doesn’t Kentucky have floods and tornadoes fairly often? And doesn’t the New Madrid fault run through Kentucky–the same fault which caused the most devastating earthquake in U.S. history, and which seismologists say is overdue to cause another major quake?

    Your colleagues from Sandy-hit areas will remind you of all that when Kentucky needs disaster aid again.

  15. BeccaM says:

    King was onboard with it, too.

  16. Quilla says:

    I’ll believe Rep. King’s outrage when he switches parties. Until then, it’s just hot air.

  17. Drew2u says:

    Here’s a link from the Milwaukee J-S:

    Now compare this to the calls for “Election Fraud Reform” and ending same-day registration in the state.

  18. FLL says:

    I’ve heard about that, and I’m not sure it’s constitutional. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are court challenges going up the the U.S. Supreme Court.

  19. Drew2u says:

    No, I thought the Irene guy was Eric Cantor, after his district in Virginia suffered damage from the hurricane.

  20. Drew2u says:

    Scott Walker is planning on portioning out Wisconsin’s future Electoral College votes instead of by current winner of the popular vote takes all. Considering the 2010 Republican Assembly gerrymandered Wisconsin’s districts to assume an almost continuous majority rule for the next decade, expect to see – if this comes to pass – Wisconsin going Red for the next few presidential elections.

  21. BeccaM says:

    This is the same Rep. Peter King who voted against Katrina aid, right? One of only 11 House members to vote against it, calling his vote ‘good’ and ‘principled.’

    And wasn’t he the one who insisted that funding to rebuild after Hurricane Irene be offset with spending cuts elsewhere?

    What a hypocrite.

  22. FLL says:

    I’m sure the GOP has written off New York and New Jersey, thinking they can make up for it in other regions. The Republicans would appreciate it ever so much if some of those Mexican-American voters living in Texas would vote third party, but it’s no secret that Mexican-Americans virtually never do vote third party. The GOP must absolutely hate those Chicano voters in Texas. Turn Texas purple.

    Off-topic: Remembering a great Texana, Selena, singing Amor Prohibido.

  23. dula says:

    This is nothing new for the GOP. Disaster relief is big government.

    Sept. 2011:
    A package of disaster relief funding worth $7 billion was blocked from coming up for a vote by Senate Republicans on Monday, drawing sharp condemnation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who lambasted the conservative party for abandoning Americans in need.
    Raw Story (

  24. rerutled says:

    Taking his comments at literal value: Rep. King just left the Republican caucus, and declared as an Independent.

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