New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) recently said that New York is no place for “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay” Republicans.
Gov. Cuomo made the statements during the “The Capitol Pressroom” radio show on the New York Public Broadcasting network, notes RawStory.com (audio below).
“The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act [gun control law], it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate," stated Gov. Cuomo, reports TimesUnion.com.
"Their problem is not me and the Democrats, their problem is themselves," added Gov. Cuomo. "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 if they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are."
Not surprisingly, Gov. Cuomo's statements have set off a firestorm in conservative circles.
Dennis Poust, spokesman for the New York State Catholic Conference, wrote on Twitter, “My governor thinks there’s no place in NY for people like me. Can I get a state grant to relocate?”
The right wing TownHall.com, added: "We should be attacking his comments, which alienated a large bloc of voters, just as much as the left jumped all over Romney’s ‘47 percent’ gaffe."
Gov. Cuomo has since released a statement on his website: "In the same response, the Governor went on to say "it is fine" to be anti-gun control, and anti-choice” – as he respects both positions."
Here is the part of his response that Gov. Cuomo refers to:
Well if you are right to life, that is your opinion and that’s your religious belief, that is fine but that is not the opinion of this state, which 70% are pro-choice in this state. “Well we are anti-gun control," that is fine.
70% of this state wants intelligent gun control. “We don’t agree with gay marriage, we are anti-gay”, that is fine but 70% of this state about, is now pro-gay marriage so figure out who you are and figure out if you are of a extreme conservative philosophy and if you can survive in this state. And the answer is no.