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New York Republican rips Rubio for raising Wall Street money after voting against Sandy aid



Politicker: Congressman Pete King was not pleased with his fellow Republicans who opposed the federal Hurricane Sandy relief package. Accordingly, Mr. King told us he was shocked to learn that Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who’s widely seen as a potential 2016 presidential contender, has been raising cash on Wall Street after voting against the Sandy bill.

“Being from New York we’re not supposed to be suckers,” Mr. King told Politicker this morning. “It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you now make us president?’”

Mr. King went on to urge Empire State donors to cut off Mr. Rubio and any other member of Congress who “threw a knife in the back in New York” by voting “no” on the bill.

Politico reported this week that Rubio and other pols with presidential ambitions have made recent trips to court Wall Street donors. Rubio voted against a $60.4 billion aid package for Sandy, contending it was packed with pork, but did vote for a $9 billion one.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:15pm]


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