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Rep. Pete King wasted no time firing back at  the Tea Party Express, which attacked him as a "country-club Republican" and "big government" proponent after King created a leadership PAC to continue campaigning against the GOP's Ted Cruz wing.

"Obviously I have touched a raw nerve of these people because I have exposed them for the frauds that they are," King (R-Seaford) as he took a break in his potential presidential politicking at a New Hampshire dinner for the state's GOP legislators.

"I am proud to have enemies like this," King said.

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He blamed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) for his failed strategy to shut down the government last October in a bid to defund Obamacare, and said that the Affordable Care Act and President Barack Obama actually saw their popularity rise during the shutdown.

King, the son of a New York police officer, bristled at being called a "country club Republican," saying, "I'm the last person in the world to be called a 'country club Republican' - I'm the one who had a union card."

And he took offense at the attack on the $60 billion Hurricane Sandy recovery aid he fought to get through Congress. He called the charge that the aid has "pork" for non-Sandy victims untrue: "These are lies propagated by the likes of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul."