While speaking with Susan Arbetter on “The Capitol Pressroom” Friday morning, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo basically said "extreme" conservative Republicans are not welcome in his state, Capitol Confidential reported.
"You have a schism within the Republican Party," Cuomo said. "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."
Cuomo went on to say that "schism" can be seen in his home state.
"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."
In other words, conservative Republicans who support the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms "have no place" in New York. Ditto for those who believe in a right to life and those who think marriage should be between a man and a woman. That statement could also be extended to anyone who thinks the Constitution should be followed and believe elected leaders have a duty to follow the law and represent their constituents.
But so-called "moderates" are welcome. Moderates, of course, are those who sacrifice principle to stay in good graces with liberals. That strategy, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is finding out, never works.
"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,” Cuomo added.
According to Capitol Confidential, Cuomo's remarks prompted Dennis Poust, spokesman for the state Catholic Conference, to ask on Twitter: “My governor thinks there’s no place in NY for people like me. Can I get a state grant to relocate?”
Poust also wondered what happens to those Cuomo deems unfit for the state.
"Where do we go?" he asked.
Carl Paladino, the conservative Buffalo businessman who lost to Cuomo in 2010, called the governor's remarks the thinking of “a liberal elitist ... who thinks New York is his little play toy.’’
“I think it’s Andrew Cuomo just illustrating what kind of person he is. He doesn’t want any debate. He’s narcissistic. He doesn’t believe in debate or opposition," he told The Buffalo News.
Michael Long, chairman of the New York Conservative Party, also slammed Cuomo for his comments.
“For him to try to paint people who have different points of view that they are odd and extreme, I think is bad language for the governor of the state of New York," he said.
“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. 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," he added.
A post at the Mental Recession said Cuomo has "made a career of referring to anyone that opposes his agenda as 'extreme' while simultaneously referring to that agenda as 'common sense,'” a familiar tactic often used by liberals nationwide.
"Had this been any other group Cuomo was referring to, this would have been labeled as hate speech," the blog added.
Unfortunately, this kind of hate speech has become the norm for many on the left, and there is no doubt it will only get worse as the 2014 elections draw near.
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