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Endorse This: Peter King On Ted Cruz: ‘I’ll Take Cyanide If He Wins The Nomination’

In an interview yesterday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Congressman Peter King made his opinions known on Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who later failed to pick up a single delegate in King’s state of New York:

“Well, first of all, in case anybody gets confused, I’m not endorsing Ted Cruz. I hate Ted Cruz. And I think I’ll take cyanide if he got the nomination,” King said.

King had previously said of a potential Cruz nomination, “I will jump off that bridge when we come to it.”

Nassau and Suffolk counties, whose voters elected King to his 12th term representing New York’s second congressional district in 2014, both voted for Donald Trump by wide margins.

King said he’d voted for John Kasich, “to send a message,” but recalled how his constituents on Long Island couldn’t stop talking about Donald Trump. In early March he joked that “Maybe I’ll become a reporter for the Daily News,” if Trump were the Republican nominee in an interview with that paper.

King said later in the same Morning Joe interview that he wasn’t endorsing John Kasich because he wanted “to keep my powder dry” for a convention endorsement.

Given Kasich’s — or anyone else’s — slim chances at wrestling this nomination away from either Trump or Cruz in Cleveland, Congressman King may have an unenviable choice to make in a few months.

Video and photo: MSNBC/ Washington Free Beacon.

A Visit To Long Island’s Wine Country

Cutchogue Winery Vineyards

New York’s Long Island is well-known for its fine beaches, delicious duck, the wealth and celebrity of the Hamptons, and for the last few decades its fine wine. The soil has been described as some of the finest wine-growing soil in the world.

Native Americans consumed the wild grapes that once grew all over the island. In the 17th century, Dutch settlers cultivated grapes for their own wine consumption. But it wasn’t until the late 18th century that European wine grapes were introduced and vines were cultivated.

The first commercial vineyard was planted in 1973 in the Suffolk County town of Cutchogue; and by the 1990s Long Island wines were garnering more than just a little buzz.

Today there are over 3,000 acres under cultivation, as well as 60 producers and vineyards that produce more than half a million cases of wine per year.

You’ll find wineries throughout North Fork and South Fork in Suffolk County, and in the southern part of Nassau County.

Photo: Chris Goldberg via Flickr

Castello di Borghese

Castello di Borghese is the successor to Hargrave Vineyard, Long Island’s first commercial vineyard.


One Woman Wines And Vineyard


Claudia Purita, originally from Calabria, Italy, hand plants her vines and produces sustainable wines at her One Woman Wines and Vineyard.


The Old Field Vineyards


The Old Field Vineyards in Southold is Long Island’s easternmost winery.

Photo: Old Field Vineyards

Wolffer Estate Winery

Wolffer Estate Winery

Tuscan-style buildings and fine wine characterize the Wolffer Estate Winery in Southampton.


Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Baiting Hollow, NY

One of the tasting rooms at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard in Baiting Hollow.


Bedall Cellars

Bedell Cellars, Southold, NY

Bedall Cellars which has vineyards in Cutchogue, Southold, and Peconic, is owned by film producer Michael Lynne of “Lord of the Rings” fame.

Photo: Bedall Cellars

Waters Crest Winery

Tasting Room At Waters Crest Winery.

Family-owned Waters Crest Winery produces small-batch artisanal wines.

Photo: Waters Crest Winery

Sparkling Pointe

Sparkling Pointe, Cutchogue, NY

Sparkling Pointe makes sparkling wine according to traditional French Champagne methods.

Photo: Sparkling Point Via Facebook