Rep. Curbelo: I would never vote for someone like Steve King

Rep. Curbelo: I would never vote for someone like Steve King
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Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloEx-GOP lawmaker joins marijuana trade group Dems think they're beating Trump in emergency declaration battle Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign MORE (R-Fla.) said Wednesday he would never vote for Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingMan arrested for allegedly throwing glass of water at Steve King House Dem renews call for censuring Steve King Louisiana rep calls Steve King a 'white supremacist' after Katrina comment MORE (R-Iowa) given the congressman's actions and comments on race and association with white supremacists.

"His comments and his actions are disgusting," Curbelo told MSNBC regarding King.

"I know nothing about his opponent, Andrea, but I can tell you this, I would never cast a ballot for someone like Steve King," he said.

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"My principles are more important than any of that," Curbelo said, when asked if he would even refuse to vote for someone like King if the GOP majority depended on it. 

"I would never cast a ballot for someone like Steve King."

King has been under scrutiny from the left and right over his comments and conduct regarding race and white nationalism. 

The head of the GOP campaign arm in the House, Rep. Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems aim to end anti-Semitism controversy with vote today Schultz recruiting GOP insiders ahead of possible 2020 bid New push to open banks to marijuana industry MORE (R-Ohio), also recently criticized King, who is currently running for reelection.

"Congressman Steve King’s recent comments, actions, and retweets are completely inappropriate," Stivers tweeted Tuesday. "We must stand up against white supremacy and hate in all forms, and I strongly condemn this behavior."

King has previously endorsed a white nationalist candidate in a Toronto mayoral race and recently met with members of a far-right Austrian group with links to the Nazi Party. 

He has also stated that diversity is not America's strength and clashed with Curbelo and other members of the GOP last year when he tweeted, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies."

Though FiveThirtyEight gives King a 5 in 6 shot of holding his House seat in the midterms, party leadership has come under pressure to punish him.

On Wednesday, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) urged House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFormer Dem candidate says he faced cultural barriers on the campaign trail because he is working-class Former House candidate and ex-ironworker says there is 'buyer's remorse' for Trump in Midwest Head of top hedge fund association to step down MORE (R-Wis.) to take action against King for is "anti-Semitic and offensive" past comments.

"What the moment demands is our country’s leaders, from all sectors of society, to make it crystal clear that anti-Semitism and hate have no place in the United States," wrote ADL CEO and national director Jonathan Greenblatt in a public letter.