Washington – Donald Trump told a radio host Thursday that he’ll work to stop House Republicans from raising money for Rep. John Katko and other GOP members of Congress who voted to impeach him.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s joint fundraising committee has transferred more than $100,000 to Katko’s campaign account this year, Federal Election Commission records show.
Katko, R-Camillus, is one of several dozen House Republicans that McCarthy is supporting through his leadership committee, “Take Back the House 2022.”
Trump, in an interview on The John Fredericks Radio Show, vowed to make sure that Katko and four other House Republicans who voted for impeachment are cut off from future financial support from McCarthy’s committee.
“I’m going to see who he’s funding,” Trump said of McCarthy, “and if he is, I’ll stop the whole deal. I’ll stop it.”
Katko, R-Camillus, is among 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Katko, asked about Trump last week, said he should no longer be considered the leader of the Republican Party. The four-term congressman also said he won’t be intimidated by the former president.
“I’m not backing down from anybody as far as political threats,” Katko told the editorial board of syracuse.com | The Post-Standard. “I’m not worried about that.”
McCarthy’s joint fundraising committee has supported five of the 10 Republicans who voted for impeachment. In addition to Katko, the others are GOP Reps. Peter Meijer of Michigan, David Valadao of California, Fred Upton of Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington.
“Everybody other than one – Katko in New York, he’s not popular, and I think he’ll de districted out – but there’s a primary for every one of them,” Trump told Fredericks.
Trump was referring to the fact that no Republican primary opponent to Katko has emerged in Onondaga County, where Katko resides.
The New York Independent Redistricting Commission last week unveiled two partisan plans to establish new boundaries for Katko’s district.
The Democratic plan would merge parts of Katko’s 24th Congressional District with that of GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney in the neighboring 22nd District. Trump has promised to back Tenney if she faces Katko in a primary election.
Trump has also encouraged Onondaga County Conservative Party leaders to come up with a candidate to oppose Katko next year in a potential primary.
Katko is a vice chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the fundraising arm for House Republicans. He has received financial support from the NRCC in each of his previous campaigns.