King accused Cruz of “carrying out a fraud on the American people” for pushing a CR to defund Obamacare that, in his judgment, will certainly lose in the Senate. He then suggested that when the measure does fail, Cruz and other tea party conservatives like Rand Paul and Mike Lee, should “keep quiet.”
This is not the first time that King has given Cruz a piece of his mind. Last May, King excoriated Cruz for voting against federal aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which include a great many of King’s constituents. Cruz had explained at the time that he voted against the bill, not because he was deaf to the suffering of East Coast Sandy victims, but because a great deal of spending that had nothing to do with Sandy has been tacked on to the bill.
Later King boycotted a New York Republican fund raiser of which Cruz was the featured speaker.
Both Cruz and King have been mentioned as possible candidates for president in 2016, a prospect that might elevate their rivalry into full blown political combat, so long as both remain candidates in the Republican primaries.