White House Watch: Peter King

This week SFGN White House Watch profiles the long shot candidacy of New York Congressman Peter Thomas King. King, 71, has stated he is considering a run for the U.S. Presidency, although he has yet to file papers with the Federal Elections Commission.

Speaking on Boston Herald Radio last week, King said discovering a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow could sway his decision to enter a race already brimming with a dozen announced candidates on the Republican side.

“It would have to be an indication that some of the big money supporters will be there,” King said. “I think that’s possible and that’s what I’m checking out right now.”

King does have a political action committee – American Leadership Now. On its website, the PAC states its mission is to “restore trust in American government.”

Known as a national security hawk, King has served in the United States Congress since 1993. He chaired the House Homeland Security Committee for two years (2011-2013) and was a vocal critic of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, the Wikileaks news organization and journalist Glenn Greenwald. King has stated on several occasions that Snowden should be punished for his actions.

Born in New York City, King served in the U.S. Army (1969-1974) as a specialist with the 69th Regiment. He is married to his wife, Rosemary, and the couple have two children. An author of three novels who identifies as Roman Catholic, King received a paltry eight percent score on the Congressional Scorecard by the Human Rights Campaign.

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