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Ted Cruz invites Sean Hannity to move to Texas

Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Ted Cruz
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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has sent a Jan 20, 2014 tweet inviting radio talker and Fox News host Sean Hannity to, in the immortal words of Davy Crockett, tell New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, “You can go to Hell, I’m going to Texas.”

“Texas would be happy to have you, @seanhannity

The sensation started when Cuomo stated on a radio show that pro-life activists along wih anti-gay activists, and supporters of the Second Amendment, are not welcome in New York. Many conservatives and religious Catholics have taken umbrage with the statement. Even though Cuomo is trying to walk back his statement, Hannity, who currently lives on Long Island, has vowed to leave New York at the end of 2016, when contract obligations that keep him in the state run out. He has suggested that Texas or Florida, both of which have the advantage of having far lower taxes and less regulations than New York, would be his ultimate new home.

This has set up a competition of sorts between the two states over Hannity, with important politicians and business leaders attempting to entice him. Cruz was joined by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in inviting Hannity to move to the Lone Star State.

Hannity would be at least the third conservative radio talker to flee high tax New York to more business friendly climes. Previously Rush Limbaugh moved himself and his operation to South Florida. Glenn Beck now runs an internet based media empire from Dallas, Texas.