GOP Rep. Peter King: Ted Cruz Engaging In ‘Governmental Terrorism’

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Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is no fan of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), as the outspoken congressman made clear in an interview published Wednesday in The New York Times.

“My sound bite is to say he’s a fraud,” King told the Times. “I start with that, and then I go on. It takes me two or three minutes to explain it.”

Minutes later, according to the Times, King had a damning characterization of Cruz’s effort to block funding for the health care law, which has raised the risk of a government shutdown. Cruz continued his quixotic campaign to defund Obamacare with a marathon floor speech that began Tuesday afternoon and spilled into Wednesday.

“It is just a form of governmental terrorism,” King said.

King was one of many House Republicans to lash out at Cruz over the defunding effort last week, telling the senator to “keep quiet.” In May, King boycotted a GOP fundraiser that was headlined by Cruz because of the Texas senator’s vote against a Hurricane Sandy relief bill earlier this year. 

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