Rep. Peter King, the New York Republican who is at loggerheads with Tea Party leadersTed Cruz and Rand Paul, has started a political action committee called American Leadership Now.
King, considering a 2016 presidential run, wants to encourage the GOP to be more moderate on domestic issues while remaining hawkish on foreign policy.
King told Politico, “It’s a vehicle that will enable me to go around the country to try to find like-minded Republicans who do not support a government shutdown, who do not support Ted Cruz’s whole idea of a government shutdown, of Rand Paul being isolationist.” He added, “It gives me the opportunity to campaign for ideas, not just my own congressional campaign.”
A Cruz spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, responded, “Senator Cruz remains focused on making Washington listen by protecting working people from Obamacare and getting the economy growing again. Americans don’t care about bickering among D.C. politicians.”
Sen. Paul’s staff had no comment.
According to its website, American Leadership Now “is committed to the tried and true American virtues of protecting the homeland, expanding opportunity for all citizens, and delivering a better country for the next generation.”