There’s no need to criticize Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, for putting on his penguin suit and waddling into Manhattan in search of big financial fish.
Not with the comments coming from New York Rep. Peter King–who clearly still has Rubio’s vote against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill fresh on his mind.
In response to a Politico report that describes Rubio’s recent courting of several finance titans on Wall Street, including at Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capitol and the Blackstone Group (where he was photographed on his penguin march alongside CEO Stephen Schwarzman and a pair of actual penguins) King, a Republican, told Politicker:
“Being from New York, we’re not supposed to be suckers...It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you. Now make us president.’”
King also urged his fellow New Yorkers to let donations to Rubio–and any other politician who voted against Sandy relief– run dry.
Many on Wall Street have already proven bullish on the politician Time magazine described as “The Republican Savior.” We’ll see if if his ambition will ultimately be quenched.