Potential Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino delivered remarks to a conservative gathering on Monday, ripping the governor for his controversial statements that pro-life, pro-gun citizens were not welcome in New York. Astorino commented that Governor Cuomo would be happy “watching us cross the Canadian border with a wagonful of bishops and gun owners.”
Astorino then went on to suggest Cuomo’s depiction of New York as being a state on the rebound was nothing more than “a fairy tale.”
Via the Times Union:
Riffing on Cuomo’s controversial comments that “extreme conservative” candidates have “no place” in the state, Astorino said he was glad to be among his “fellow extremists.”
“I am as happy to be here with you as Andrew Cuomo would be watching us cross the Canadian border with a wagonful of bishops and gun owners — so stay here please, willya?,” he said.
Astorino said he had come to pose a simple question: “Is New York State winning, or is New York State losing? … If I run for governor — and I’m leaning in that direction — I’m going to be asking these questions a lot.”
He already had his answer, pointing to policies that he said were harmful to prosperity and freedoms, and ran through a number of the negative rankings the state has received (most corrupt government, least business-friendly economic climate). “The New York I see today is the state that tells you why something can’t be done,” Astorino said. “There’s always an excuse — it’s the unions, it’s the environmentalists, it’s the impact studies, it’s the regulations. … It’s a state on its heels.”
He said Cuomo’s depiction of a rebounding state was “one big fairy tale.”
Astorino also ripped Cuomo for his inability to make a decision on hydrofracking in New York, saying it “took less time for Tolstoy to write ‘War and Peace’” than it has taken the administration to study the economic and environmental benefits of fracking.
The Democrat Committee responded by criticizing Astorino for presiding over the “highest taxed county in the nation.”
The irony in listening to Democrats criticize a Republican over high taxes is rather rich.