Republican Rep. Peter King said Wednesday that the GOP must work to prevent “the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls” from taking over the party.
“We can’t allow [Eric Cantor’s] defeat last night allow the Ted Cruzes and the Rand Pauls to take over the party, or their disciples to take over the party,” he said on MSNBC, Politico reported. “Because this is not conservatism to me. Shutting down the government is not being conservative.”
Mr. King was responding to a potential vacuum in the party after tea party favorite Dave Brat won the Republican primary for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.
“I’m concerned that, for instance, that the Ted Cruz supporters, the Rand Paul supporters, are going to use this as an excuse to basically stop the government from functioning,” he said, adding that the government shutdown in October “alienated the country, which makes it very difficult to us to win in 2016 and for us to be a governing party.”
Mr. King said he hopes “the Ted Cruz types” don’t take over for Mr. Cantor, who he called a “friend,” Politico reported.