Press Release

Press Release

Congressman Pete King Supports Law Enforcement

With all the charges and countercharges in this year's Presidential campaign, one positive result could be that we have a long overdue discussion on police relations. I start with two premises: the police do more to save and protect African-American lives than any other institution; the African-American community has been terribly deprived of education and job opportunities. Donald Trump is right about Hillary Clinton -- her record and policies ARE anti-police. It was indefensible for her to embrace the memory of Michael Brown, a criminal who attacked Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson who was then vilified and slandered by Black Lives Matter for defending himself by taking lethal action against Brown. It is also irresponsible for Hillary Clinton, at a time when police are being assassinated, to perpetuate the false narrative that there is any moral equivalence between the police and the likes of Black Lives Matter. At the same time though, America has the obligation to address the underlying injustices suffered by African-Americans. Education - particularly in the inner city - must be dramatically reformed and improved. African-Americans must be given more opportunity to have their children attend schools of their choice whether they be public, charter or private schools. Also incentives must be given to businesses to locate in economically distressed neighborhoods and provide necessary job training. There are no easy solutions but an honest discussion must begin. And the time has come to stop blaming the police for the ills of society when they are the ones whose lives are on the line as they maintain the order that is necessary for real progress is to be achieved.

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The score says it all. Notre Dame 49- Southern Cal 14. I have been a Notre Dame fan for as far back as I can remember. And I have hated USC since the early evening of November 28, 1964 when Southern Cal scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter of the final game of the season to hand its only loss and deny the Irish the National Championship. The memories of that game have stayed with me ever since. I was in my Senior Year at St. Francis College working full time on the 4:00 PM - Midnight shift at the Railway Express West Side Freight Yards on 33rd Street and 10th Avenue in the Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan.

Under first year Coach Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame was 9-0 and on the verge of completing a miracle comeback season after 5 consecutive non-winning years. All that remained was to beat Southern Cal in the season finale at the Los Angeles Coliseum. After unloading a few trucks, I faked going over to load a freight car and ducked upstairs to the locker room and turned on the radio to listen to the Notre Dame game. Great news: Notre Dame was winning 17-0 at the half. All was well and I went back down to work, giving the foreman some lame excuse for my disappearance that I'm sure he didn't believe. Keeping an eye on the clock, I timed my meal break to listen to the final minutes of what I knew would be a Fighting Irish Victory Celebration. Turning the radio back on, I got a little concerned when I heard the score was 17-13 and Notre Dame had to punt with a few minutes to go. (I learned later it should have been 24-13 but Notre Dame had a touchdown called back on a terrible hometown holding call.) Then as the clock wound down, USC quarterback Rod Sherman threw a 4th & 10 touchdown pass to Craig Fertig with only 1:33 on the clock. The game was soon over and so was Notre Dame's National Championship dream. I finished my shift and went out to Queens to meet some friends and commiserate in a bar in Middle Village. I spent the next three years at Notre Dame Law School (actually met Rosemary on the day of the 1965 USC game) and became even more of a fanatical Fighting Irish fan and USC hater.

So each year's Notre Dame-USC game is for me a battle for Western Civilization. And last night's overwhelming victory was just phenomenal as the Irish dominated and destroyed Southern Cal on offense and defense. Particularly brilliant was running back Josh Adams who rushed for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns.

So right now for me all is well. All the stars are properly aligned as Notre Dame has a path to the National Championship game if they run the table. Tomorrow morning of course I'm back to the reality of Washington, DC and fighting to retain the state and local property tax deductions and dealing with issues of Iran, North Korea and the Obama Administration's Uranium deal and Russia. But at least I will be heading back rejuvenated and in great spirits. Go Irish!!

Paid for by Pete King for Congress.
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