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Peter King, the Republican Congressman for New York's Third District (who, as you know, is an asshole!) is running scared. He is facing for the first time in years a serious, credible, opponent who could defeat him on November 7.

As the Wall Street Journal recently reported:

Peter King, long considered safe, [was] recently added to nonpartisan analyst Stuart Rothenberg's watch list partly due to the credibility of his Democratic challenger, state legislator Dave Mejias.

So, faced with a real challenge, what does King do?  He does what he does best.  Act like an Asshole!

As the Dave Mejias campaign has informed us here in the netroots, Peter King has mailed to his constituents a misleading, inflammatory letter attacking Mejias:

You would think a fourteen year incumbent Congressman would have a lot of positive things to say about his record in a reelection campaign. You would think an incumbent Congressman who claims he's in no danger of defeat would ignore his opponent. Not Peter King. He's kicked off his campaign with a campaign mailing that attacks me! And while I'm honored that King takes me seriously enough to attack in his first campaign mailing, he's made it very clear how he plans to try to win: smear his opponent, and run a campaign based on fear and divisiveness. It's a typical Republican tactic across the country - we've seen in the Virginia and Montana senate races, as well as countless House races. Now the Rove-approved, fear-based campaign tactics have finally come to Long Island.

His letter uses an opinion piece in the New York Post to claim that I am being supported by the leaders of the Islamic Center in Westbury, located in the 3rd Congressional District, and that these leaders are Muslim extremists.

Even worse, he targeted his letter to Jewish voters in the district, playing the fear card to try and strip away support from my campaign.

I wish I could say that's the worst of the story, but it isn't. Turns out, Peter King has taken contributions from the very same leaders of the very same Islamic Center.

Let me break that down for you: I accepted contributions from three leaders at the Islamic Center in Westbury, and Peter King has attacked me for taking their money. The problem is, Peter King took their money too, and he even took more than I did! Peter King needs to explain why it's wrong for me to take money from Muslim donors, but OK for him to take even more from the same.

To see the sleazy campaign mailer for yourself, go here.

So, not only is Peter King an Asshole, as I've now documented on eleven separate occasions, but he is a HYPOCRITICAL asshole as well.

I think we've all had just enough of Peter King.  So many of us, in fact, have had their fill of this asshole, that one very very creative musician has made a killer "Had Enough" video dedicated EXCLUSIVELY to Peter King.

Go here!!

Click the link!  You won't be sorry!

(By the way, I tried to embed the Peter King "Had Enough" video in this diary, but could not do so.  Anyone know how to do that?)

Anyway, if you also have "had enough" of Peter King, consider helping Dave Mejias by throwing a few dollars to his Actblue account here.  Let's show King that he can't get away with his sleazy, hypocritical negative attacks.

Originally posted to pontificator on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 03:31 PM PDT.

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  •  I agree. He is an asshole. (5+ / 0-)

    Pretty funny flick.

    If you dance with the devil, then you haven't got a clue; 'Cause you think you'll change the devil, but the devil changes you. - illyia

    by illyia on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 03:24:47 PM PDT

  •  yep (8+ / 0-)

    that dude is definitely an asshole, an asshole looking to stir up racial, religious and ethnic trouble for hypocritical political gain. i think that certainly qualifies as an asshole move, thought he has quite a record of assholish behavior.

    peter king is the "king" of assholes, on long island at least.

    who will rid us of this flaming asshole?

    dave will. but he can't do it alone, folks. let's all try to throw some change dave's way.

    "joke about the rapture here"

    send NYBri to the NY state senate!

    by lipris on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 03:31:41 PM PDT

  •  That video is good but let's not overlook (5+ / 0-)

    the racist letter King recently wtore linking his political opposition to "Islamic terrorism":

    Yup, that's right, by pointing out what an asshole Peter King is we are supporting Al Qaeda.  How

  •  i don't know why king seems to be... (9+ / 0-)

    the darling of the teevee hosts. they treat him with such respect, yet everytime i listen to him, i think to myself, what an asshole!

    I didn't get Jack from Abramoff...I'm not a Republican!

    by nonnie9999 on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 03:40:35 PM PDT

  •  King Rat (4+ / 0-)

    that is what he is

    A total asshat --

    I would call him an asshole - but that would be demeaning -

    to assholes

    Proud to be a Bleeding Heart Liberal

    by sara seattle on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 03:52:00 PM PDT

  •  I grew up in Long Island's 1st district (the (4+ / 0-)

    east end of LI), and Peter King has never represented the interests of average Long Islanders. He is on the wrong side of almost every major issue, and he is a Bush enabler. It is more than time for him to go. and I oved the video!!

    •  I'm guessing the rich (0+ / 0-)

      ...probably feel he has their interests at heart. There are some pretty stinking rich people on Long Island - not everyone of course, but there are enclaves.

      For some reason, King always struck me as a perfect example of a particular kind of Republican - the self-satisfied, corrupt, frat-boy-ish kind that comes out of Long Island and other northeastern areas with enclaves of wealthy corporate Republicans. King's always grated on me, even more so than other politicians with similar lousy records - he reminds me of some spoiled rich brats from Long Island that I went to school with, and couldn't stand.  

      Nothing against you, or the majority of Long Islanders - it's just a certain type that I associate with the Island's stinking rich enclaves, and with King.

      It is no worse, because I write of it. It would be no better, if I stopped my most unwilling hand.

      by ChaosMouse on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 04:51:19 PM PDT

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      •  Most of the folks out on the far east end are (1+ / 0-)
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        "summer people." I am old enought to remember when lots of that area was potato farms. In my days, we still had farmers out east. Trust me, King does not represent the interests of anyone I knew!

        •  Oh, I know (0+ / 0-)

          There are still plenty of not-rich people on Long Island, as well as segregated areas - as I recall, there's a low-income black population segregated in the middle of the Island.

          I always just assumed that King got his money - and a portion of his votes - from the rich folk.

          It is no worse, because I write of it. It would be no better, if I stopped my most unwilling hand.

          by ChaosMouse on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 05:28:03 PM PDT

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        •  Bridgehampton speedway (0+ / 0-)

          and Carl Yazstremski.  I grew up in Northport and that is what I associated the East end of LI with...

          Republicans are jokes, wrapped in lies inside a cloud of obfuscation.

          by calipygian on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 06:59:06 PM PDT

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      •  much of Kings district (1+ / 0-)
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        is very much working-class... teachers, cops, firemen and such. It's really only the north shore component up by Glen Cove where you see real money. Picture Levittown... that's what most of his districts about.... small suburban tract homes all built in the 50's and early 60's.

        •  So I guess the question is (0+ / 0-)

          why do they vote for him????

          On second thought, nevermind - I'm guessing it's the exact same answer as to "why does anyone who's not rich vote Republican?"  (sigh)

          It is no worse, because I write of it. It would be no better, if I stopped my most unwilling hand.

          by ChaosMouse on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 05:31:14 PM PDT

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          •  I was raised in King's hometown (2+ / 0-)
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            He plays to the same "Reagan Republican" themes that work in many working-class neighborhoods. A little patrotism mixed with a healthy dose of racism.

            The ethnic makeup of the Island has changed drastically in the last twenty years. What once were lilly white bedroom communities have changed as many of the original post-war first owners have left the to retire in Fla. or other locations. \
            Not only has the black community grown as middle-class blacks leave the city for the suburbs, there has been a large influx of imigrants both from Latin America and Souht Asia as NYC has continued to gentrify and many of the ethnic enclaves turned into highpriced apartments and condos.

            King uses this change to play to those in his still predominately white district. He's a mix of Archie Bunker and Huey Long. ... it's the same dynamic that kept Alfonse D'Amato in power so long ... it's all "wink and nod" good ole boy,  racism.

          •  PETER KING's district (from someone who knows) (5+ / 0-)

            Having grown up on Long Island (In Hochbrenner's district the first) and having kicked Peter King's ass in 3 questions at a roundtable (where the asshole told me that it wasn't worth sending 150,000 troops into Pakistan just to get one man in 2004) let me give some background.

            First, Long Island used to be the most conservative place in America, a combination of the worst elements of Orange County, California, and rural Mississippi.  While today, Long Island right wing conservatives are a minority, they are still there, as hateful, violent, and despicable as ever.  And these conservatives are some of the worst you'll ever meet.  Many belong in jail if local law enforcement would just do its job.

            Second, Peter King's district was gerrymandered for 2002 to make it more republican. He cut a deal with STeve Israel where Israel moved republican voters into King's district in return for democratic voters into Israel's district. (the adjoining 2nd)

            Third, the district is winnable for any Democrat who stands up to Peter King, the fascist blowhard. Clinton carried it, Gore carried it, Kerry carried it.  However the REpublicans in this district are hard core republicans, the nasty bigots of Levittown, Hicksville, and other pockets of right wing trash which make up King's base.  This is a case where the republicans in this district are actually republicans as opposed to republicans who are democrats that just don't know it yet.  King has a hard core base of 40-45%.  

            Fourth, Newsday, the so called most liberal paper in New York, has been helping King for over a decade.  (endorsing him time and time again)

            Fifth - Peter King is a hard core fascist further to the Right of most republicans yet the local media calls him independent.

            Sixth - Nobody calls him out on the issue of terrorism.  ATtack the man for ignoring Bin Laden, for supporting the IRA and its leaders, and go after him on national security.

            Having grown up on Long Island (I technically still live on it) having grown up in Suffolk, and having lived in Nassau, the best we can do is 4 out of 5. Try to put all the republicans into one district on Long Island and have the other 4 aligned for democrats.  

            •  Your right on target with this (1+ / 0-)
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              I just don't know about the 40-45% base. He holds the middle-island firm like Levitown and Hicksvile, E. Meadow, this is why he's been playing the immigration card so heavily. They eat that up over there. They see Uniondale, Hempstead, and Westbury and they want that border closed yesterday.  

              But I think the south shore part of his district is changing. Especially the stirp that runs along the "harbor" districts from Long Beach and Oceanside through Belmore. These use to be predominately white areas with relatively expensive waterfront homes full of Republicans (which is why they are in his district as opposed to the "north" parts of those towns) , but they've become much more diverse in the past ten years or so, and much of the south shore is no longer the racist enclave it once was. It's no longer just North Baldwin, North Merrick,or North Belmore that are diverse .. but the harbors also.

              I think he's much more vulnerable than we think, I'd guess to say his firm core base is in the 35% range.

              But that's just an educated guess from what I see and hear on the ground.

              (live in Baldwin ---work in Long Beach)  

              •  the south shore (0+ / 0-)

                Many of those parts were added to Carolyn McCarthy's districts and yes Bellmore and Merrick (where Republicans lionize a conservative football coach who tolerates sodomizing boys) are very much infected with conservatism just like Rockville Center and parts of Baldwin and most of Island Park.  

                Oceanside is heavily democratic, Long Beach used to be, still is but some crazy republicans there too.

                A strong candidate can beat King easily, King is out of step with the majority (although a small majority) in the district.  Problem is the Dems are putting up lousy candidates.

                Hammer him on Osama Bin Laden.  Run ads basically calling him Peter Osama Bin Laden King.  That's the kind of stuff that will destroy Newsday's phony image of King and put them on the defense.

                •  the north sections went to McCarthy (0+ / 0-)

                  King holds the south. I live literaly blocks north of Kings district line. Island Park is a lost cause ...always has been always will be.... it's D'Amato Land.  I believe RVC is in McCarthy's district entirely but I could be wrong .. it still has a Republican bent to it . Long Beach is still a Dem stronghold even though they ran three Dems as Reps. to kick out the corrupt entrenched Dem city council there.

                  Belmore's still a little shakey but I think Baldwin is solid. Merrick is in play. Freeport, at least the part in kings district, solid dem.

                  your right about Bin laden and perhaps even more importantly ... he couldn't get the homeland security funding for NY when he's chairmen of the commiteee.... at least Alfonse brought in the pork like a motherfucker. .. King gets our homeland security money given to Omaha NE ...  

                  BTW I think your totally wrong about Mejias ... he's got a better chance than anything we've seen in years.

      •  I was born and raised on Long Island. (0+ / 0-)

        I love my family, but the truth be told, this is right wing land.

        I don't even try to talk politics with my family anymore.  It just means anger and hurt.

        There are many things I love about Long Island but I have no illusions about its politics.   If you want to know what Long Island is, look a Alfonse D'Amato, who did Repuke corruption long before it was fashionable.   I've been gone for more than 20 years, but I'm sure little has changed.

        Margiotta - D'Amato's mentor - went to prison for bribery and it didn't cost D'Amato a single vote in Nassau County.   Back when I lived there, the only Democratic stronghold in Nassau County got a huge dioxin generating garbage incinerator for its trouble.

        Newsday, by the way, is a joke.

  •  I think the most damning (6+ / 0-)

    part of that King mailing is how he suggests that those Muslims who haven't denounced 911 enough (read: enough to suit Peter King) are by default supporting the terrorists. That's one hell of a leap of logic.

  •  Tell me something I don't know! (2+ / 0-)
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    Ellicatt, nonnie9999

    He is a puppet of the party... does not represent New Yorkers.

  •  Don't forget Idiot (1+ / 0-)
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    Asshole, yes. Hypocritical, of course. But also an idiot, for such a clumsy and transparent attempt at smearing a lesser-known opponent, in a way that only smears himself and gives free and relatively positive exposure to that opponent.

    Three strikes and King's out, I say. Politically, the King is dead--by self-inflicted wounds.

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    by kovie on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 04:44:25 PM PDT

  •  I disagree. He is a royal flaming asshole (1+ / 0-)
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    King is a useless, lying sack of dog excrement whose only redeeming social value is as an example for parents to point to and say to their children "See? That's what will happen to you if you don't wash your hands after you take a bowel movement."

    "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home." John Stuart Mill

    by kuvasz on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 04:45:05 PM PDT

  •  confirmation King is chickenhawk (4+ / 0-)


    I while ago you asked about confirmation of Kings military service. guard 68-73... you wanted to know if he ever saw combat... definately not


    also he most likely had deferments while at Notre Dame given the time frame.

  •  Jeez, Pontificator... (0+ / 0-)

    You could have at least put "BREAKING!!!!" in your title.


    Baaaa! Baaaa! :::Chomp!::: Beat Doc!

    by InquisitiveRaven on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 04:50:14 PM PDT

  •  IRA shill (6+ / 0-)

    His record is even more shameful considering how much he shilled for an outright terrorist group back in the day.  There were other ways to oppose British policies in Northern Ireland without signing his name to a group pledged to blowing up civilians.  All just a nasty prologue to his current activities.

    "There will always be two different views / Of the same thing, baby / Too many views with loaded pride." - The Fixx

    by fstlicho on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 04:56:41 PM PDT

    •  Amen--his position on Ireland was represensible (1+ / 0-)
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        April Follies, theran

        Alex Massie of the Daily Scotsman wrote a great little bit about King and the IRA at The Plank

        Here's a nice quote:

        King has previous form in these matters. For many years he was the IRA's most indefatigable apologist in Congress. Time and again King would excuse or defend a terrorist organisation that thought nothing, amidst its many other crimes, of torturing those it disapproved of or suspected of being informers.

        Among the methods favoured by the IRA was the "Six-Pack" in which their victim would be shot in both ankles, knees, and elbows. Not to worry, however, since the IRA was "the legitimate voice of occupied Ireland."

        "There will always be two different views / Of the same thing, baby / Too many views with loaded pride." - The Fixx

        by fstlicho on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 05:07:30 PM PDT

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    •  Yup, he's opposed to terrorism unless (0+ / 0-)

      he personally believes in the cause.  

  •  Air Hardball Segments as opposition ads (0+ / 0-)

    There are so many outrageous ones to use that tie him to being a Bush boot licker and defender.

    Few constituents have seen them only political junkies watch MSNBC all the time.

    The clips standing alone  should put fear into the district's constituents that this guy would do or say anything.Provide very good voice-over narration ND  King WILL look just like the war mongering, hateful, ill-tempered man he is  repulsing many independent voters.

    Political pardons are unacceptable Mr Bush,and so is hiding your daddy's secrets behind exectutive orders,free the truth now.Econ 3.50&Soc. 5.79

    by wmc418 on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 05:03:30 PM PDT

  •  Peter King is an asshole? (1+ / 0-)
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    Was there ever any doubt? (-: Of, course, this means that everything that comes forth from him is hot air (as in tempestuous farts) and the same old shit that is the Republican message. This November, it's time that the good people of Long Island stick a buttplug in this noxious mess and put it on a garbage barge where it belongs.

  •  strange story from king-land w/racist comment (1+ / 0-)
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    i was in farmingdale, at advantureland, a local amusement park, and i overheard two white guys, 30ish, chatting by the merry-go-round, one says "bet they dont have parks like this in muslim countries" and the other says "no way" and proceeds to go into a rant about how muslims in the US should leave because they don't share  our values, including a story of how he offered a muslin friend cab fare to the airport because she bitched about the government. i'm thinking that they know nothing about muslims and the middle east i.e. Not ten minutes later a woman in a full black buraka, only a slit for her eyes walks by, with two pre-school girls with head coverings, guess she was heading for the merry-go-round too, HA HA HA, oh the irony and there's no way the men would get it

    •  oh, that happened today (0+ / 0-)

      which is why i'm pretty sure king's gonna win, tis not the first time i've heard ugly comments from folks in the 3rd or as colbert would say the fighting 3rd, lots of 'em either moved there as part of white flight or their parents did, i'm thinking it such a isolated lifestyle started on a rasict bent couldn't be good, but i'm a brooklyn girl who lives in queens, mostly caz i can't stand the burbs, so i'm a bit baised.

      •  the 3rd has LOTS of racists and bigots (0+ / 0-)

        They are truly about 40-45% of that district.  Disgusting, disgusting people.

        20-30 years ago, these people were a majority on Long Island.

        Today they are a minority but they are still a signifcant minority.  

  •  He is an asshole (0+ / 0-)

    Every time I see him on tv, I want to puke.  I think he's been lionized for whatever reason as this moderate Republican.  Well he could be in danger this year.  Bush is so unpopular in New York and Long Island has been generally trending blue (don't know about his seat in particular).  I think it would be great if he went down this year.  

  •  If you prepend "(NY-3)" to the diary title (0+ / 0-)

    the election roundup people will give you a big kiss for making their lives easier.

    Must read: MLKJ's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." It will surprise you.

    by AlanF on Sat Sep 16, 2006 at 05:35:08 PM PDT

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