In a discussion about the split between moderate and conservative Republicans, Cuomo on Friday told pubic radio's Capitol Pressroom program that "right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay" extreme conservatives "have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are."
|" 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."
- Gov. Andrew Cuomo
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The remarks triggered a firestorm on Twitter under the hashtag #TheyHaveNoPlaceInNew York, with comments saying things like "If I have no place in New York, please return all the income taxes I have paid since 1988 for moving expenses"
At Catholic Online, Editor Keith Fournier, a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church wrote Cuomo's remarks : " are an affront to every Pro-Life and Pro-Marriage citizen in New York and throughout the Nation.
Tuesday, NYS Republican Party chair Ed Cox released a statement on the remarks saying;
"I call upon Governor Cuomo to apologize to New York's good conservatives and Catholics for his statement that they 'have no place in the State of New York' and 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."
After the New York Post wrote of the original Cuomo remarks on Monday, Cuomo's administration sought to clarify the remarks Monday, with a press statement saying:
" 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 Post can allow any person they want to publish in their paper but if they are to retain any credibility they cannot be entirely reckless with facts and the truth."
Here's a transcript of the Cuomo remarks From Friday
In an interview with public radio's statewide program "The Capitol Pressroom", Cuomo said:
You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.
… You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. 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 they’re moderate Republicans like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate — moderate Republicans have a place in their state. George Pataki was governor of this state as a moderate Republican; but not what you’re hearing from them on the far right.”