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"No Place in ..NY ": Cuomo Remarks On Consrvatives Getting Flak

 Governor Andrew Cuomo is getting continued flak for remarks he gave in an interview last week, when he said that extreme conservatives have no place in New York State, given the progressive tilt of the electorate.

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.” 

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01/22/2014 7:42AM
"No Place in ..NY ": Cuomo Remarks On Consrvatives Getting Flak
Should he apologize?
01/22/2014 9:35AM
Kathy from Grand Island
I am a republican who would have voted for Cuomo. Thought he was doing a decent job. However between the safe act and his comments on conservatives.....I've just about had enough of him.
01/22/2014 10:01AM
Cuomo is a a-hole
He need to get out of NYS
01/22/2014 10:05AM
Cuomo should leave
As a Christian, I believe in protecting the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman and protecting the lives of unborn children. I have been in New York all my life, long before Andrew Cuomo. I think he should leave. We all know his agenda and motives and it's not for the people, but for himself.
01/22/2014 10:10AM
Thank you Governor Cuomo
You'll note that states with high percentages of rednecks and wingnuts don't do too well when it comes to education, obesity, divorce, childhood pregnancy etc etc etc. We're better than that. You want Alabama, move there. Thanks forpointing out the obvious Governor, you've earned my vote.
01/22/2014 10:17AM
In government speak
this could be called a "demographic upgrade initiative".
01/22/2014 10:31AM
My real fear is the Kochs will leave NYC over Cuomo's comments and be forced to live in a state suffering from the policies they support :(
01/22/2014 10:59AM
and this man wants to be POTUS?
He would then say that there is no place in America for dissenting opinions and views. This man is a disgrace and hopefully the people of NYS will see through his facade and vote him out of office.
01/22/2014 11:24AM
Really don't think I'm sorry will carry much weight at this point. Even people in other states are good and wriled. I saw people referring to him as a "cr** weasel." Did you notice how he slowly and carefully defined who these Conservatives are? As if they would be too stupid to realize who they are. I'm part Seneca, I wonder when I'll be told to leave?
01/22/2014 1:41PM
Bigotry detected
Why are people with conservative views referred to as "rednecks" and "wing nuts" and blamed for many societal ills? Also, to generalize as if everyone in Alabama is alike? My, my, sounds like bigotry in the highest. Cuomo will appease the majority to keep his position.
01/22/2014 2:21PM
Archibald Sauerbrun
He scares me even worse than Obama! I've never heard a more extreme statement. Who the hell is he to decide? Time for Upstate NY to separate from the liberal Looney asylum.
01/22/2014 3:23PM
Irony never sleeps
Imagine that - a radio station that peddles nothing but hate 24/7 getting all whiny and pouty when called out. Boo hoo
01/22/2014 4:16PM
Founding Fathers Foresight Was Extreme
Soon after a tyrannical leader removes the ability of civilians to resist their government, our freedoms can easily be eliminated. Clearly, this governor has contempt for those who hold certain religious beliefs. All of our freedoms are especially fragile in NY. But hey, as long as the financial aid rolls in we'll be happy sheep!
01/22/2014 5:31PM
Hey wingnuts
Keep on whining. You make us laugh.
01/22/2014 10:08PM
Because he's governor, doesn't this make him an EXTREME bully?
01/23/2014 3:29PM
Keep laughing
1.3 billion people in China don't think losing their freedoms is funny.But then, it's hard to have a sense of humor after their own government has killed 73 million of its own citizens.
01/23/2014 7:02PM
I hate to tell you this but alot of my Democratic friends,(I'm Independant) have pinched their noses and jumped off the Como manure wagon. Maybe he'll just put all the Christians and Conservatives in camps, sound familiar?
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