Wherever Sen. Ted Cruz goes, it’s a safe bet that controversy will follow.

Case in point: the Senator’s planned speech at a New York State Republican dinner scheduled for tomorrow in Manhattan.

Today, Democrats tried to turn Cruz’s appearance into a talking point against some New York Republicans. Across parts of that state, Cruz is persona non grata due to his efforts earlier this year to block federal aid for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Rep. Peter King, a Republican Congressman from Long Island, said today that he would not attend the dinner, telling BuzzFeed, “I don’t think we should be acknowledging people who are voting against us in our hour of need.”

Rep. Michael Grimm, a Republican who represents Sandy-devastated Staten Island, also said that he would not attend, after getting a beating from the Democratic National Committee and The House Majority PAC, a group leading the Democratic Party’s efforts to take back the House of Representatives.

In a statement, Grimm did not take issue with Cruz, but instead the Democrats who criticized him.

“To use an event as tragic as Sandy to try and score a few cheap political points is beyond reprehensible, and I expect more from my NYC colleagues, who quite frankly should know better,” said Grimm.

“I could only hope that that they will put as much effort into Sandy relief as they have launching baseless political attacks. I invite them to join me in my ongoing efforts to return displaced families to their homes and reopen the small businesses that have yet to open their doors – instead of wasting time on partisan nonsense that only divides our country and makes average citizens lose more faith in Congress.”