Cuomo: Pro-Lifers, Gun Owners not welcome in New York
By Faye Higbee
Jan 21, 2014
This story is by Author Tyler S. Storey
During a radio interview on Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he believes that conservatives are in the midst of a rift where they spend more time arguing with one another than with Democrats. He thinks that conservatives are working against the more moderate Republicans.
What’s an “extreme” conservative?
In the same interview, he let it be known that he thinks pro-lifers, traditional marriage people, and supporters of the Second Amendment are not welcome in his state.
“Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves,” he said. “Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
If “extreme conservative” isn’t an oxymoron then I don’t know what is.
Taken out of context…not really
Cuomo says that his comments were taken out of context but even so they are very revealing. He said that “Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves.” Well his problem is not those extreme conservatives, or the progressives, he clearly has a problem with the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
He said, “Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are?” Here he basically said that believing in the founding principles of this Republic makes you an extremist. Constitutionalists have not been seen as extremists since 1776, so what does that tell you about the honorable Governor?
Cuomo finished up his rhetoric by saying, “Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” So if you fit Cuomo’s definition of extreme you aren’t a “New Yorker.” He thinks that he has the knowledge and foresight to define what precisely indicates a person’s status as a New Yorker. To Cuomo being a New Yorker is all about being moderate, and not rocking the boat to far to either side.
Cuomo- the intolerant governor
If you are unnerved by the Governor’s comments you aren’t alone.
Conservatives in the state slammed him this weekend as compiled by an article in the New York Post.
Trump called Cuomo’s comment, “a terrible statement, an unfortunate statement.”
According to the New York Post, Trump also said, “It’s hard to believe that he really believes that.”
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, had some stronger comments on Cuomo, calling his statement, “just the kind of intolerance that is directly opposite to what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached.”
“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. “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.’’
Both Trump and Astorino plan to announce their intentions for pursuing the Governorship of New York sometime next month.
Cuomo backtracked on Sunday in an open letter from his office to the New York Post on Sunday, claiming that his comments were taken out of context by the media.
“It is clear that the governor was making the observation that an extreme right candidate cannot win statewide because this is a politically moderate state (either moderate Republican or moderate Democratic),” the letter said.
“In the same response [during the radio interview], the governor went on to say ‘it is fine’ to be anti-gun control, and anti-choice — as he respects both positions.”
New York’s state GOP Chairman Ed Cox is going to push the Governor to make a public apology for his comments.
“I will call on Gov. Cuomo to apologize to all New Yorkers for poisoning New York’s politics with divisive rhetoric at a time when New York needs to be united to address its continuing economic problems,’’ Cox said.
Cuomo isn’t only taking heat from the right, lately he has been attacked from all sides.
It is thought that Cuomo’s remarks on the Republican Party were part of his effort to gain more support from the moderate wing of the party as he has lost much support from the progressive wing of his own party.
“Cuomo is trying to backfill his Democratic loses with Republicans from Long Island and the suburbs,’’ was how a leading Democratic strategist put it.
He has become estranged from New York Democrats, the likes of Mayor de Blasio, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Cuomo has also lost support from the Black and Puerto Rican legislative caucus, and is on the bad side of many of the most powerful private sector unions in New York.
Cuomo’s chances of reelection were already backsliding, so his brazen account of New York politics isn’t likely to hurt his chances. If it gains him some favor within the moderate section of the GOP then bully for him. Any conservatives in the state that didn’t feel unwelcome by the Empire State’s policies already, sure know where they stand now. Unless the patriots of New York stand up and rally behind a candidate, things are only going to get worse for them in the state.