22 May 2013 03:30 PM EST
-by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer; Image: Rep. Peter King, Sen. James Inhofe
New York congressman Peter King has not yet gotten over what he perceived as inadequate aid for Hurricane Sandy, calling the support for funding tornado-ravaged Oklahoma from fellow Republicans an example of “hypocrisy,” though he said he is willing to overlook it.
“I think there’s a lot of hypocrisy involved here, [Sen. James] 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 was one of the most outspoken critics of his own party following the Superstorm in New York and New Jersey.
“I’ve always believed that but certainly, going through it myself [during Sandy], seeing the devastation a national disaster brings to a district... it’s a [national issue], not a local issue, like Sandy wasn’t a New York, New Jersey issue,” he said. “It’s an American issue; we have an obligation to come forward.”
“I won’t hold it against anyone,” King said of lawmakers who opposed Sandy aid but could support Oklahoma help without offsets. “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.”