Governor Cuomo is issuing a warning to what he refers to as the more conservative arm of the Republican party – you’re not welcome in the state of New York.
Moderate Republicans, or those most willing to capitulate to Cuomo’s own extreme agenda, still have the welcome mat rolled out.
Here’s Cuomo during a Friday morning conversation on the Capitol Pressroom (H/t Times Union):
You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.
… You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — it was voted for by moderate Republicans who run the Senate! 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.
If they’re moderate Republicans like in the Senate right now, who control the Senate — moderate Republicans have a place in their state. George Pataki was governor of this state as a moderate Republican; but not what you’re hearing from them on the far right.”
Cuomo has made a career of referring to anyone that opposes his agenda as “extreme” while simultaneously referring to that agenda as “common sense.” It’s code words and phrases over substance – typical liberal hackery.
Oddly though, there is little that can be classified as more extreme than usurping the Constitutional right to bear arms via the SAFE Act, or ignoring New York’s Constitution by passing the gun-grabbing law in the middle of the night.
Be that as it may, the Governor has openly declared war on the very same people who oppose his abuse of power. A majority of counties and sheriffs in New York have developed resolutions which oppose the SAFE Act.
But it isn’t just those of us who believe the Founders of this nation were correct that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. It’s every conservative principle. Oppose abortion? You’re not welcome in NY. Want to curb government control? Stay out. Seek to uphold the Constitution? You’ve got issues.
Had this been any other group Cuomo was referring to, this would have been labeled as hate speech.
Fellow conservatives, your kind is no longer welcome here.