In a controversial radio interview, Andrew Cuomo, the 56th governor of New York, said extreme conservatives know where the door is to his state and should mind said point of egress, lest they be struck in the rear whence it closes upon their exit.
Rather, hardcore right wingers of the right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay persuasion “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
Naturally, such rhetoric was met with the extreme passion of those pledged to defend those ideals and conservatism in general.
The New York Post reports that potential Republican gubernatorial candidate Donald Trump described it as “a terrible statement, an unfortunate statement.”
“It’s hard to believe that he really believes that,” Trump said of Cuomo.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, another prospective office seeker, was less… conservative with his response to Gov. Cuomo, calling the remarks “just the kind of intolerance that is directly opposite to what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached” on the holiday commemorating Dr. King.
“New York already leads the nation in chasing away its own citizens because of extraordinary high taxes, so does Cuomo really want to bully millions more away?” Astorino said via The Post.
“New York’s greatness comes from accepting people of differing points of view. What Andrew Cuomo has revealed by these statements is his true self, because we see just how angry and radical his views are.”
Gov. Cuomo’s remarks were made as part of a radio interview on Friday and inspired a heated battle over the weekend. Andrew Cuomo maintains his words were “distorted” in a story that ran Saturday and largely taken out of context, a position he reaffirmed in an open letter to the editor of The Post.
Michael Gerson, in an opinion piece for the Washington Post, wondered who is welcome in the great state of New York.
So, Virginia is for Lovers. Maryland is for Crabs. New York is for iberals, and for moderates Cuomo chooses to tolerate. [sic]
The governor of New York is not only putting a damper on conservative tourism to see “The Book of Mormon” or “Kinky Boots” on Broadway, he also is displaying one of the worst tendencies of modern liberalism.
It’s not the first time Cuomo’s come under fire from the Second Amendment crowd and likely won’t be the last of his political career.
What do you think of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s partisan comments? Are you happy with Cuomo’s service to the Empire State? How far do you think Andrew Cuomo’s political aspirations extend?