UPDATE: Gov. Cuomo backtracks, claims ‘it is fine’ for conservatives to live in New York

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, January 21, 2014

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appears to have walked back the claim he made last week that pro-life, pro-gun Americans aren’t welcome in the Empire State these days.

According to a statement released by the governor’s office Sunday, Cuomo’s words were misinterpreted during an interview with WCNY Radio’s Susan Arbetter, and that the Governor actually believes “‘it is fine’ to be anti-gun control, and anti-choice – as he respects both positions.”

Cuomo, a first-term Democrat who is up for re-election in November, was on the show “Capitol Pressroom” Friday when he said that ‘extreme conservatives’ “have no place in the state of New York.”

“Their problem is not me and 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 is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are,” Cuomo told Arbetter.

Cuomo’s office also fought back at allegations made in an article published in The New York Post Saturday, where the governor was quoted as saying that “conservatives should leave New York.”

“If you read the transcript, it is clear that the Governor was making the observation that an extreme right candidate cannot win statewide because this is a politically moderate state (either moderate Republican or moderate Democratic),” the statement reads. “The Post can allow any person they want to publish in their paper but if they are to retain any credibility they cannot be entirely reckless with facts and the truth.”

Not everyone is buying into Cuomo’s reversal, however. Conservative pundit Sean Hannity – a New York native – announced Monday that he is seriously considering leaving the state following Cuomo’s remarks, bringing with him both his Fox News primetime show and his nationally syndicated radio show.

“Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me — every single, solitary penny,” he reportedly said. “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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