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King Says GOP Should Stop ‘Whining’ and Focus on Winning New York 23

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New York Rep. Peter T. King has a message for the Republicans knocking the the White House’s tactic of co-opting moderate Republicans like Rep. John M. McHugh , who was just nominated to be secretary of the Army: Stop whining.

“I have no problem with this,” he said of the appointment Wednesday night on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews . “We as Republicans should hold onto that seat, if we don’t it’s our fault.” McHugh, a nine-term incumbent, represents New York’s 23rd District. His appointment precipitates a special election, and there is a chance Democrats can flip the seat, given President Obama’s win in the district in the 2008 presidential race.  

“I don’t think we should be sitting around whining and saying Rahm Emanuel outsmarted us or President Obama outsmarted us,” King added. “We should get good candidates, put them up there, and run.”