Gov. Cuomo: ‘Pro-Gun, Pro-Life Extremists Not Welcome in New York’
In a radio interview on Friday, Cuomo said that extreme right was tearing apart the Republican Party and their influence was not welcome in New York politics.
“You have a schism within the Republican Party,” the Democratic governor said, “They’re searching to define their soul…It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington.”
He added, “Their problem isn’t me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves.”
He then went on to define exactly that type of Republican he believes is at the root of the problem. “Who are they?” he demanded, “Right to life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay — if that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
Not surprisingly, conservatives have fought back, saying Cuomo’s remarks go too far.
“I guess the governor believes if you don’t believe the way he does, there’s not room in what he thinks is his state,” Michael Long, chair of New York State’s Conservative Party said. “I believe this state is made up of men and women from Niagara Falls to Montauk Point who have all sorts of views, some who believe in the Second Amendment, some who believe in traditional marriage, some who believe government, especially in New York State, spends too much money and taxes are too high.”
Former governor’s race opponent Carl Paladino, who has vowed to campaign against moderate Republicans and Cuomo’s politics and the likely target of Cuomo’s criticism,had the strongest words against the Governor.
Paladino claimed that Cuomo’s radio speech showed the type of person Cuomo truly is, calling him a “narcissist” and a person who “doesn’t believe in debate or opposition.”
The political rival further stressed that the New York Governor should be seen for what he truly is- “a liberal elitist … who thinks New York is his little play toy.”