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Letter: Mitt Romney Should Have Chosen Congressman Peter King

Mitt Romney has blown it by picking Paul Ryan. 

Ryan’s plans to cut Medicare and Social Security are an assault on older Americans. At 42, Ryan has shown little empathy for them. Romney, on the other hand, being independently wealthy, could care less. Romney, from New Hampshire and Massachusetts with roots in Michigan and Utah, the sites of his parent church, has written off the northeast, Florida and California by his choice. While Ryan may be a far more intelligent voice than Sarah Palin, he has no experience outside of Congress and cannot see Russia from Wisconsin. He is obviously no match for Joe Biden with 40 years in Washington and formerly from the middle class Scranton, Pennsylvania and the largely middle class state of Delaware.

Romney did not give a thought to Long Island’s Peter King, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security with more than 20 years in Washington and local government before that, representing a conservative, Republican District. Peter King is a national figure who has among other things, been the Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. By not at least considering King, an author, attorney and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he has snubbed his nose at New York. Similarly he has done so in not considering Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg.

When Joseph Margiotta, the powerful G.O.P. boss in Nassau County, was under indictment, King was the first leader to call for his resignation. Others then followed. That was an act of courage because Margiotta at the time could stop your political career in its tracks. But there is much more to King than that. He was one of only three Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote against the impeachment of President Clinton.

Peter King represents the heart and soul of New York and America. It is an insult to all of us that he was not at least considered.

Thomas F. Liotti
Garden City attorney
Westbury Village Justice