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Cuomo says conservatives ‘have no place’ in New York

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has caused a firestorm in the Empire State for declaring to a talk radio host that conservatives who are pro-life, pro-gun and anti-gay marriage “have no place in the State of New York.” Said Cuomo of conservatives: “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…. Moderate republicans have a place in this state.”
First, who on earth does the governor think he is to say who “has a place” in New York and who does not? He may be Cuomo II, but he’s a public servant — not a king.
Second, has he shared his views with Cardinal Timothy Dolan? Dolan is pro-life and opposes gay marriage. Does the Archbishop of New York “have no place in the State of New York”?
Third, the last thing Cuomo should be doing is telling anyone they don’t belong in New York, as the state is hemorrhaging both people and revenue.
According to the Tax Foundation, between 2000 and 2010, New York State accounted for the biggest migration exodus of any state in the nation, with 3.4 million residents leaving — taking with them $45.6 billion in taxable income. By some estimates, New York is losing $120 a second in income that is fleeing the state.
Apparently there are a lot of folks who believe that they have no place in New York thanks to its extraordinarily high taxes.
Among those leaving are several major gun manufacturers, such as American Tactical Imports (ATI), which announced it would be leaving the state and will be investing $2.7 million and creating 117 new jobs in South Carolina. Remington Arms is reportedly scouting locations in Tennessee. Declaring that people who are pro-gun have no place in New York won’t help keep those jobs in New York.
Finally, since we’re on the subject of political extremism, New York has a new mayor, Bill de Blasio, who takes his governing philosophy from the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.  De Blasio is threatening tax hikes that will drive even more people out of the state. If Cuomo is worried about extremist views that “have no place in the State of New York,” maybe he should train his rhetorical fire on Gracie Mansion instead.

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6 thoughts on “Cuomo says conservatives ‘have no place’ in New York

  1. It’s abundantly clear that a whole lot of people have thought they have no place in New York for quite some time. Hence the exodus.

  2. People are narrow-minded.
    Why is polygamy illegal?
    So clap ourselves on the back, gay marriage legal, but consenting polygamists off to jail?

  3. The tone of this article is as stupid as using ATI’s transfer of 117 jobs as being in any way important. And then finishing it up with the Sandinasta crap.
    Treating what he said as if he wants very right wing Republicans to leave NY is moronic. It is just so obvious that he means their opinions are unwanted as guiding principles–which is clearly true of NY.
    I like reading the AEI emails because it makes me think about my position, and in some cases it changes my mind.
    But this crap is what I expect from Fox “News”.

    • Sorry, nobody get’s to decide which political or otherwise controversial beliefs exclude you as a welcome American citizen to any American city.

      As long as you are a lawful citizen you share the same rights as everyone else, and the fact that Cuomo even said ” they have no place in the state of New York” is absolutely shocking.

      I like how you assume Cuomo meant something other than what he actually said, but taking his words literally is “moronic”.

      get a clue.

  4. I bought my new home in Pennsylvania back in August and am getting my drivers license there next week can’t wait to get my tax dollars out of here. People who stay here deserve this idiot tyrant government.

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