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 CurbeloDisinvited GOP lawmaker turns up at Dem hearing Overnight Energy: 2020 rivals rip Biden over expected 'middle ground' climate plan | Dems cancel plans to invite Republican to testify on climate change | House passes .2B disaster aid bill over Trump objections Dems cancel plans to bring in Republican as climate change witness MORE (R-Fla.) said Wednesday he would never vote for Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill Overnight Energy — Presented by Job Creators Network — House Republican tries to force Green New Deal vote | 'Awkward' hearing to vet Interior nominee and watchdog | House panel approves bill to stop drilling in Arctic refuge Steve King: One 'good side' of climate change could be shrinking deserts 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 StiversThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill House bill seeks to bolster security for synagogues, mosques in wake of attacks Congress can open financial institutions to legal cannabis industry with SAFE Banking Act 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 RyanAmash storm hits Capitol Hill Debate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 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.