Peter King: Marco Rubio a hypocrite for NY fundraising after Sandy vote

Posted at 7:55 PM, Mar 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-01 19:56:08-05

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Many say that in politics, there is no pride.

The latest case in point involves Wall Street and the rising star of the GOP, Senator Marco Rubio.

The junior senator from Florida has been on quite the run the past few weeks. In fact, there has been so much publicity it’s been touted as dry run for the primary season of 2016. Dry of course, with the exception of the infamous water sip during the State of the Union rebuttal.

The 41-year-old is reportedly not wasting any time in laying the foundation for a potential run. In fact, Rubio reportedly recently made a below the radar pilgrimage to Wall Street’s biggest heavyweights, hat in hand.

One particular New Yorker and fellow Republican says it is absolutely hypocritical for the Senator who twice voted down Sandy relief dollars to come to New York City and extract dollars for his own benefit.

“This is not something I enjoy doing, but he was the first out of the box, the first presidential candidate out of the house or senate who voted against aid to New York now coming in to have a fundraiser in New York and I just felt that we have to draw the line,” said Congressman Peter King in district office.

When Congressman King was asked by PIX 11 News if Senator Rubio comes off as greedy, King quickly shot back, “I think he comes across as insensitive.”

Senator Rubio, who is spearheading immigration reform on the Hill aside from fundraising did not have anyone from his office return a message left on an office answering machine.  This is to be expected, since New York is not a battleground state.

Congressman King admitted he appreciated Senator Rubio before the Sandy vote but would find it challenging to endorse him if this was the primary season of 2016.

“Right now I’d have a hard time endorsing Marco Rubio.  Listen I want Marco Rubio to succeed, but this has to change.”