Some see place for Rep. King in Trump cabinet
Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election may open new doors to Long Island Republicans, possibly even a prominent congressman.
"It's a great day for Donald Trump," said Rep. Peter King. "It's a great day for the American people."
King was at Trump's headquarters in midtown Manhattan early Wednesday when the president-elect delivered his victory speech.
Trump is reportedly already considering choices for his cabinet, but King was skeptical that he would be part of that.
"He did say that he wants to continue working with me, but I assumed that he meant in the Congress," King said.
King did not originally support Trump's candidacy during the Republican primary race. But he became a vocal supporter of the candidate after Trump clinched his party's nomination.
In August, King was even invited to join Trump's campaign advisers during the candidate's first classified intelligence briefing. He's a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, and political analyst Jerry Kremer thinks there's one role in the cabinet that would seem to fit King particularly well.
"Peter King is a natural for something like secretary of homeland security," Kremer said. "He knows the job. He really knows the details, the fine details."
Nassau GOP Chairman Joe Mondello, who was one of Trump's earliest supporters on Long Island, also believes King warrants consideration.
"He's bright," Mondello said. "He's tough. He's not afraid to tell people exactly how he feels and he thinks."
But fresh off a congressional win that will earn him a 13th term in the House, King says he's not looking for a new job title right now.
"It's too early to think about it," King said. "It's a great honor if anyone even considered me, but I'm happy to be in the Congress."