Congressman Peter King said to be considering White House run
Prominent supporters rally round conservative Irish American as he mulls a run
He is currently co-chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs and has long been identified on Irish issues in the House.
He is being encouraged by friends and supporters to seek the GOP nomination. Among his backers is Mike Mukasey, former Attorney General under George Bush and Barry Goldwater Junior, former congressman and son of the Republican icon.
Some of his associates confirm to Newsmax that King is strongly considering a presidential run.
King who represents a Long Island district, turned 69 in April and has served in the House for 11 terms. His age is not expected to be a factor given that Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, two likely opponents for the Democratic nomination, are in his age range.
He is a very frequent guest on Fox News and other Republican leaning outlets and has a high profile among Republican primary voters. He has particular appeal as a Catholic cultural conservative.
"I saw Peter last week and he certainly didn't rule [a presidential run] out," said one source close to the Congressman "A lot of folks are telling him to do it and he sure acts interested."
"I think it would be a great thing if Peter King ran for president," Michael Mukasey, former federal judge and U.S. attorney general under George W. Bush, told Newsmax.
"At a time when terrorism poses a greater danger than ever to our country, Peter has a terrific background in this area and a superb background in legislative affairs," Mukasey said. "He’s a great leader, and I would applaud his running."
Former California Republican Rep. Barry Goldwater Jr.,also approved.
"We've fallen down in foreign policy and, under Bush and Obama, we've become too quick to march off to war without considering foreign cultures and religions first. Peter well understands this. He stands out in a crowd and says what's on his mind."
King supporters believe his blue collar Catholic persona could play very well, even in the south as he has a very solid pro life position and is a deep cultural conservative.
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