NY GOPer Peter King Spills the Beans: Historically Russians Supported the GOP
If you are anything other than brand new to my blog, you know I’ve recently commissioned a poll against Peter King of the 2nd District as I’m considering a possible run against him.
By the way, if you are new to my blog, welcome aboard, the water’s warm and I hope you will enjoy the experience and come again. Come often. You’ll see I’m nothing if not prolific-generally I aspire to five posts a day and seldom miss the mark.
Anyway, it was kind of a tough week for Peter King. Not only did Tryancare fail but after playing coy on the bill for three weeks, King showed his cards on Friday that ‘They don’t have to worry about me, I’m all but a certain yes.’
Why he would out himself in this way for a bill that has 17% support and clearly was going to fail in the Senate if it ever made it to the House floor, which it didn’t, you have to wonder. Maybe he’s not as savvy as you might think for a guy who’s won 13 straight Congressional races.
Anyway, revealing publicly you support such a bad, very bad, awful, no good healthcare bill was not King’s only unforced error for the week. He also seemed to let the cat out of the bag at the Russia probe hearings on Monday.
He was trying to help Devin Nunes muddy the waters. But instead, he let a cat out of the bag:
“It started when Nunes asked, “Do Russians historically prefer Republicans to win over Democrats?” Nunes ticked through some recent elections and inquired whether the Russians supported John McCain over Obama, in 2008, or Mitt Romney over Obama, in 2012. Comey said that he didn’t know the answer.
“I’m just asking a general question,” Nunes said. “Wouldn’t it be a little preposterous to say that, historically, going back to Ronald Reagan and all that we know about maybe who the Russians would prefer, that somehow the Russians prefer Republicans over Democrats?”
“Watching the hearing, this seemed like a curious line of questioning. Because members of the House Intelligence Committee often know a great deal more than they can say publicly, they sometimes use their questioning to hint at what they have learned in classified settings. Nunes’s questions seemed to suggest some broader debate, as Comey confirmed when he shut down the exchange.”
“I’m not going to discuss in an unclassified forum,” he said. “In the classified segment of the reporting version that we did, there is some analysis that discusses this because, remember, this did come up in our assessment on the Russian piece.”
Nunes thanked him and turned to Representative Peter King, of New York. King was less circumspect than Nunes had been. “I would just say on that because, again, we’re not going into the classified sections, that indicating that historically Russians have supported Republicans, and I know that language is there, to me puts somewhat of a cloud over the entire report,” King said.
Put a cloud over the entire report in the sense of because it showed that historically the Russians had supported Republicans?
Two Democrats, confirming what King said, told me that there was a significant fight over this judgment during a recent classified briefing. “I was really taken aback that it came up in the hearing,” one Democratic congressman on the committee told me. “I might just observe to you, if there was such a conclusion, you can bet that the Republicans would have pushed back very, very hard about such a conclusion. And I don’t want to say more than that.”
“Sometimes it’s difficult for someone privy to classified information to keep straight what is classified and what is not, especially when a classified judgment seems relatively innocuous. I asked King about the exchange, and his answer suggested that he was confused about the classification.”
“I have to watch myself,” he told me. “I think it was in the public report that came out, the unclassified report, that there was a finding in there that historically—so don’t quote me on this, O.K.? Because I’m not sure if this was the classified or the unclassified, but there was a conclusion that historically the Russians have favored Republicans.” I could not find that conclusion in the public report, and, as others confirmed, it was a classified judgment.
But in my opinion this is all quite beside the point. Even if the Russians haven’t supported the GOP historically doesn’t mean they didn’t support Trump in 2016. Trump doesn’t exactly talk about Russia in the same way John McCain or Marco Rubio do.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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