New York Democrats are such big fans of communist Cuba – a brutal and oppressive regime currently harboring over 70 fugitive terrorists – that they’ve introduced a resolution commending Governor Cuomo for a ‘trade mission’ he will be making there in April.
Legislative Resolution number 283, introduced by Assemblyman Jose Rivera (D) seeks to “commend() Governor Andrew M. Cuomo upon the occasion of his upcoming visit to Cuba.”
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney explains that the resolution will make no mention of Cuban human rights violations.
Assembly Democrats vote to support Cuomo’s visit to Cuba which will not include a demand for human rights. #totalitarianism
— claudia tenney (@claudiatenney) March 26, 2015
Republican Steve McLaughlin strongly opposed the resolution, saying he doesn’t “see any need to commend a Governor for visiting a brutal dictatorship which has shown no inclination to give it’s people the freedom that we enjoy here.”
Cuba “kills, jails, and abuses their people,” he added. “I will not commend this Governor … in fact, I think we should condemn it.”
Mclaughlin then took to Facebook to express his displeasure with this measure:
Yesterday there was a resolution to commend Cuomo on his upcoming trip to a brutal communist dictatorship. Let’s just say I disagree with commending that visit just as I disagree with Obama circumventing Congress to normalize relations with Cuba.
Before we normalize relations we should insist on human rights for the Cuban people. Cuomo has already stated that he won’t discuss human rights on his taxpayer funded vacation…..I mean… trade mission.
Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, daughter of Greek and Cuban immigrants, drew hearty applause from her colleagues for speaking out against a resolution that fails to address human rights issues.
People in Cuba “don’t have any freedom of speech,” Malliotakis stated. “They don’t have any ability to leave or come and go as they please. They don’t have any opportunity to make more than $10 a month there.”
She then said she would gladly co-sponsor a bill that addresses these human rights violations.
There has been national opposition from both parties regarding President Obama’s attempts to open diplomatic relations with Cuba. Senator Bob Menendez, a son of Cuban immigrants, called it “a bad deal” that “compromised bedrock principles for virtually no concessions.”
Republican Marco Rubio lambasted the President for his attempts to normalize relations with the Cuban government. Rubio called him “willfully ignorant” and “the worst negotiator” the U.S. has had in decades.
And here’s a little refresher on Assemblyman Rivera, the man who introduced the resolution.
Last year we reported on a 2005 YouTube video that had surfaced on Rivera, showing the honorable Democrat asking women if they “have a little sister” and then going on to suggest he’d like to “get laid with all those young ones.”
Perhaps Democrats should also introduce a resolution commending Mr. Rivera for those comments.