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John DiStaso's Granite Status: U.S. Rep. King unveils new PAC during NH stop
But he said he is pleased that "I keep getting invited back to New Hampshire. I'm not inviting myself up there. I keep getting invited back. I'm getting a very good reaction."
"We cannot wait until tomorrow to address the problems of today," King says about his new PAC in a statement provided exclusively to the Granite Status and to be broadly released later today.
"We need unapologetic American leadership, and we need it now," he said.
King added in an interview that President Barack Obama, "when he does use American power, almost immediately walks it back.
King serves on the House Homeland Security Committee and chairs its subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence. He also serves on the Financial Services and Intelligence committees.
King said that while Obama is "apologetic about American power, you also have people in my own party, like (Kentucky U.S. Sen.) Rand Paul, who says that the United States is an imperial power, that we abuse our leadership and are too active around the world."
Overall, he said, "We have to show leadership and not be intimidated by these different groups. I support what (House Speaker) John Boehner is doing in talking down some of these outside organizations," which King believes are trying to divide the GOP.
King said the PAC will be involved in GOP primaries where he has strong support for a candidate.
He said he has no favorite at the moment in New Hampshire's 2nd District U.S. House GOP primary between Gary Lambert and Marilinda Garcia.
King said he had heard about Democratic U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster's refusal at a meeting to answer a citizen's question about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
"The state troopers have a unique job. Law enforcement is the first line of defense."
CONSERVATIVE ALTERNATIVES. Our report last week that Republican former restaurateur Chuck Rolecek appears headed for a run for governor spurred interest — and concern, apparently, among Republicans.
We understand that conservative activist Andrew Hemingway has been courted for a possible run, and is considering it, as is Republican Liberty Caucus of New Hampshire Chairman Aaron Day.
Former House speaker Bill O'Brien, who earlier this year decided against a run for Congress, now tells us Lambert and other conservatives have approached him about considering a bid for governor.
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