That’s the message Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo is sending to pro-life, pro-gun, pro-traditional marriage conservatives.
The Albany Times-Union first highlighted remarks the governor made during an interview with Susan Arbetter on “The Capitol Pressroom.” He was talking about a division within the state’s Republican Party and compared it to what’s happening in Washington, D.C.
“It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington,” he said. “The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.”
And then he told “extreme” Republicans where to go.
“Who are they?” the governor asked. “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.”
Take that in for just a moment. New York’s Democratic governor believes people who are pro-life are extremists. Extremists.
Donald Trump? Not welcome. Cardinal Dolan — you’re outta here, pal. Cuomo just can’t have those kind of people living on the streets of New York City.
When did Governor Cuomo become Bull Connor — trying to politically segregate the state?
What’s he going to do next, unleash the dogs and turn the hoses on conservative boys and girls?
Even yours truly, could be forced find a new place to live. I live among the intolerant liberal people of Brooklyn. I’m also a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association and an evangelical Christian.
It’s only a matter of time before the governor’s foot soldiers knock on my door and give this gun-toting, Bible-clinging, son-of-a-Baptist the heave ho.
That’s fine by me. I don’t want to live in a state where I’m not wanted. Besides, if my political views are too extreme for Governor Cuomo, my tax dollars must be, too.
It seems the road to tolerance and diversity is a one-way street heading due west — across the state line. As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side. Come to think of it, they do call New Jersey the Garden State.
I just hope my U-Haul doesn’t get stuck in traffic on the George Washington Bridge.