Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingBiden pays homage to Obama by rocking tan suit during birthday week Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly to host New York radio show Top GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee MORE (R-N.Y.) blasted progressive Democrats who opposed Amazon opening part of its second headquarters in New York, calling the company's decision to leave a "disaster."
"It’s like putting a sign up that you can’t do business in New York," he said during an interview with radio host John Catsimatidis that aired Sunday on AM 970 in New York.
"Nothing is ever perfect, but in this case, it was as close to it as you’re going to get," he added.
The GOP lawmaker argued that Amazon would be setting up shop in New York if Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLouisiana Rep. Troy Carter announces positive COVID-19 test Joining Pelosi, Hoyer says lawmakers should be free to trade stocks Schumer prepares for Senate floor showdown with Manchin, Sinema MORE (D-N.Y.), a fierce opponent of Amazon's plans to open half of its second headquarters in New York's Long Island City, had not been elected.
"If Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyTrucker unseats longtime NJ Senate president by spending almost nothing — here's how Former lawmakers sign brief countering Trump's claims of executive privilege in Jan. 6 investigation Bottom line MORE was still the congressman, it wouldn’t have happened," King said, referring to the longtime House member whom Ocasio-Cortez defeated in a Democratic primary last year.
King also argued that the New York state legislature was to blame for Amazon's decision to scrap plans for new offices in New York, which it announced on Thursday.
“The Democrats now control everything. If the Republicans controlled the state Senate, this would not have happened. And the fact is, that is where it was really killed," he said.
Amazon announced Thursday that it would no longer be putting part of its second headquarters in New York after opposition from local and national activists and progressive groups.
Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the decision Thursday.
"Today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world," she tweeted.
Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019
King added in his interview over the weekend that he hopes New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will "stand up" to progressive politicians from his party in the wake of the Amazon decision.
"He’s got to tell the progressive left that they cannot take over his party," he said.
King tweeted similar sentiments Friday.
"Clear lesson from @Amazon disaster: Time for New York Gov’t leaders to speak out and make it clear that radical progressives will not control decisions affecting future of NY," he wrote. "Real leaders don’t surrender to fear or intimidation or stay quiet when strong voices are needed."
Clear lesson from @Amazon disaster: Time for New York Gov’t leaders to speak out and make it clear that radical progressives will not control decisions affecting future of NY. Real leaders don’t surrender to fear or intimidation or stay quiet when strong voices are needed.— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) February 15, 2019