Peter King is worried about Cantor’s lossSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:55
Rep. Peter King on Wednesday said the Republican Party cannot allow Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to take over following House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s defeat.
“We can’t allow Eric’s defeat last night allow the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over the party, or their disciples to take over the party,” the moderate New York Republican said on MSNBC. “Because this is not conservatism to me. Shutting down the government is not being conservative.”
King has long been harshly critical of the tea party and two of the movement’s major icons, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. On Wednesday, he was responding to a potential party leadership vacuum following economics professor Dave Brat’s stunning victory over Cantor in the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, a result some are calling a sign of a tea party takeover of the GOP.