A source with knowledge of the Seaford Republican’s thinking said Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called King the week before the inauguration with the offer. King turned it down, the source said, because he couldn’t go along with Obama foreign policy. King also was reluctant to live so far away from his family.
King, who often touts his Irish heritage, declined to comment Tuesday.
“I had a lot of conversations with Rahm Emanuel and I’ll keep them private,” he said.
The news was first reported by The Washington Post.