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Rep. King Calls Out Fellow GOP’er’s Oklahoma Tornado Relief ‘Hypocrisy’

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) has been relentless in his criticism of Republicans who voted against funding Hurricane Sandy relief efforts that would have benefited the people of his state. One of those Republicans was Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, who is now calling for aid for his state in the wake of Monday’s tornado, calling the two situations “totally different.” But King says he won’t hold Inhofe’s “hypocrisy” against the people of Oklahoma.

“I think there’s a lot of hypocrisy involved here, Inhofe saying Sandy aid was corrupt but Oklahoma won’t be,” King told POLITICO. “But I don’t want to hold the people of Oklahoma responsible for what elected officials are saying, for the husband and wife without a home, for the people who lost all their worldly possessions.”

King emphasized that he doesn’t see natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy or the Oklahoma tornado as “local issues,” saying, “It’s an American issue, we have an obligation to come forward.” He maintained that he doesn’t plan to exact revenge on those who would deny New Yorkers aid after Sandy. “I won’t hold it against anyone,” King said. “I don’t want suffering people in Oklahoma to be held hostage while we engage in political fights, saying ‘I told you so.’ I want to deal with it on the merits.”

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