GOP congressman who criticized Ted Cruz inundated with 'vulgar' messages from his supporters
Rep. Peter King [CNN]

New York Representative Peter King (R) complained to The Washington Post today that since Texas Senator Ted Cruz announced he was running for the GOP presidential nomination, his followers have been leaving "vulgar" and "adolescent" messages.

Earlier this week, King told CNN that Cruz is "just a guy with big mouth and no results."

"Ted Cruz may be an intelligent person, but he doesn't carry out an intelligent debate. He oversimplifies, he exaggerates," King continued. "He doesn't provide leadership and he has no real experience."

"Shutting down the federal government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker not the leader of the free world," he added.

Cruz's supporters were not pleased by King's remarks, and began leaving messages at his congressional office. He told The Post that under normal circumstances, he would not complain, but that "I owe it to my staff -- particularly the female members and young interns -- to make this statement."

"What I do find revealing is the number of vulgar, rabid and adolescent-type -- phone calls my office has received from Cruz supporters," he said. "The puerile language used is what most kids outgrow and move beyond when they reach sophomore year in high school."

"The fact that women and young interns in my office have to listen to these perverse rantings is particularly shameful," he explained, although he acknowledged that Cruz cannot be held personally responsible for the actions of his followers.

Still, he said, "we must ask why he has such an unusual appeal to this low denominator in American politics."

King told The Post that the only other time he has received this kind of feedback was when he criticized Michael Jackson in 2009.