Chuck Schumer Criticized for Praising Peter King After Retirement Announcement

Clay Curtis
November 11, 2019

In 2017, King was named as the most bipartisan member of Congress by the Lugar Center in an index ranking of all members in the 114th congress.

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He went on to recount his "extraordinary experience" serving his Long Island district, namely his "efforts for 9/11 victims and their families" and "leading the successful effort to recover from Superstorm Sandy", among other things.

Peter King announced Monday he will not seek reelection in 2020. "But there is a season for everything and [wife] Rosemary and I decided that, especially since we are both in good health, it is time to have the flexibility to spend more time with our children and grandchildren", the 75-year-old congressman added.

'This was not an easy decision.

The decision comes days after voters flocked to Democratic candidates in state elections in Kentucky and Virginia, underscoring Republican vulnerability in a suburban revolt against President Donald Trump.

Only a handful of the Republican-held districts being vacated by retirements are expected to be seriously competitive next year.

King was in a spirited re-election campaign in 2018 in a district that has a sizeable number of Latino constituents and Democratic neighborhoods.

The slew of incumbent Republicans leaving the House is worrisome for the chamber that flipped to Democrat in the 2018 midterm elections - and could mean that the Democrats earn even a bigger majority margin in 2020.

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In this May 21, 2019, photo, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., arrives for a classified members-only briefing on Iran on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"Peter King stood head & shoulders above everyone else".

The former Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee has long maintained a reputation for bipartisanship and being able to be one of the few people in Congress to reach across the aisle.

"For too long the federal government has not done enough to secure our borders or enforce immigration laws already on the books".

In 2007, King controversially claimed there were "too many mosques in this country" during a Politico interview.

"This Schumer tweet is yet another reminder that the top Dem in the Senate doesn't give a damn about Islamophobia and is unfit to hold the title of Minority Leader", tweeted The Intercept's Medhi Hasan.

King, now in his 14th term in Congress, has served since 1993 after he was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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