"Senator Cornyn believes Peter King would be a very formidable candidate. He believes the seat could be in play, and is prepared to commit the resources to win the seat,” a senior Republican aide familiar with the meeting told Politico.
The battle-tested King has made no secret of his interest in Clinton's seat, a desire that may make it tougher for Gov. David Paterson to nominate a political neophyte such as Caroline Kennedy to the seat.
King, who is expected to announce his intention shortly after the Senate seat is filled, has already taken shots at Kennedy, telling Politico last month that “there’s nothing in her background that indicates she’s ready to be a fighter in the trenches for New Yorkers.”
The support of Cornyn is major plus for King because New York state voters have not be kind to the GOP lately and any viable campaign in a statewide election would cost upward of $30 million, Politico reported.
“It’s clear King is interested in pursuing it,” a GOP aide told Politico. “It was a very good meeting, Cornyn thinks very highly of him."
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