King says if you believe in the Constitution and the rule of law, stand with me. If you want cheap labor for businesses and for the elites then Grover and Karl Rove are your leaders.
Here is the story at Newsmax (emphasis is mine):
Rep. Steve King calls Grover Norquist an “establishment Republican” in an exclusive Newsmax TV interview and says that the conservative activist’s attacks on him are part of his effort to “marginalize those who disagree with him on immigration.”
Norquist demonstrates with the following dig at King, that for him (Grover), everything goes back to power and prestige. If King’s stand keeps him from becoming a US Senator it speaks volumes about King’s adherence to his principles.
In defense of his voting record, which Norquist also took to task, King tells Newsmax: “I have voted consistently for what’s good for the country. It’s God, country, state, district, in that order — and I don’t’ see a conflict and there shouldn’t be.”
Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, charged in an exclusive Newsmax interview on Wednesday that King, one of immigration reform’s strongest House opponents, “could have been a senator if he hadn’t self-identified as anti-immigrant.
“He’s not electable statewide,” he said. “The cost of Steve King is that he can be a congressman but never anything else. Never a governor. Never a senator — and other congressmen want to vote for what’s good for the country, not just what’s good for the politics of their monochromatic districts.”
Norquist backs immigration reform, including the comprehensive legislation proposed by the bipartisan Gang of Eight senators in April that was approved last month by the Senate. The comprehensive reform legislation was sent to the House for consideration.
King takes on the “valedictorian” mythology:
“For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds — and they’ve got hands the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” King tells Newsmax. “Those people would be legalized with the same act.”
But even by granting citizenship to a small portion of the 11 million illegals, “what we’ve done is we’ve set aside and destroyed the rule of law, at least with regard to immigration,” he says. “We will never get it restored again.”
“The members who are standing up and opposing amnesty are the ones who are keeping their oath of office and adhering to the rule of law — and they understand what happens in a civilization if you reward people for breaking the law, you get more lawbreakers,” King tells Newsmax.
King then doesn’t mince words about the three groups pushing amnesty. He says if you support any of the three then follow Norquist and Karl Rove:
“First, there are the elitists,” King begins. “Elitists see that they should have access to cheap labor to clean their homes, mow their lawns, and take care of their gardens. The second group is Democratic power brokers. They see a tremendous advantage to the Democratic Party that turns us into a one-party system if they do what they’re trying to do with the Gang of Eight bill in the Senate.
“And the third group is those employers of illegals who benefit from cheap labor at the expense of the taxpayers who are subsidizing them through welfare programs. If you want to support the elitists or Democratic powerbrokers or employers of illegal labor, then support of the Gang of Eight, listen to Grover, listen to Karl Rove,” King says, referring to the GOP strategist, who also supports immigration reform.
“If you want to defend the Constitution, the rule of law, and preserve a better destiny for the United States of America — where individuals can make a living with their hands, their backs, their minds, standing on their own two feet — then stand with me.”
There is more, read it all here.
Our complete Norquist archive is here.
Maryland readers may recall that Rep. Steve King, a close friend of former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, drew large crowds at two GOP Central Committee dinners in recent years—in Carroll County and in Washington County.
***Update July 23*** Opinion writer in Evansville, IN says the GOP should run like hell when Rove, Norquist and Rahm Emanuel team up, here.