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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Clarifies ‘Extreme Conservatives’ Comment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has attempted to diffuse the backlash over his controversial comments last month about “extreme conservatives.” He came under fire last month for saying that “extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay … have no place in the state of New York.” The move prompted Fox News host and New York resident Sean Hannity to declare that he would leave the state and take his businesses with him, but the governor said his words were taken out of context.

“I was not saying anyone should leave the state. And anyone who heard the comments knows that’s not what I was saying,” said Cuomo. “My position is the exact opposite. We have all sorts of opinions in this state. We have people all along the spectrum, and it’s one of the things that makes New York special.” Cuomo said that he simply stating that extreme conservatives could not win a statewide election.

Nonetheless, Hannity put his New York home on the market last week and has begun to make plans to move to either Florida or Texas. It’s unclear when the move will happen, but it seems that the talk show host is looking to do this by the end of the year.

“Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me – every single solitary penny,” said Hannity, who has a net worth of $35 million, on his radio show last month. “And by the way governor, because I work here – there’s a whole bunch of people that work for me and benefit because I do two shows. And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I’m sure you’ll take care of them.”

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