New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated in a radio interview on The Capital Pressroom that politicians who he considers to be ultra-conservative—namely pro-life and pro-family Republicans—do not belong in the state.
“Their problem is not me and 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?” he asked. “Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are.”
Cuomo asserted that those who hold to pro-life, pro-gun and pro-family views are unlikely to win elections in the state.
“And who is going to win between the conservative republicans, the extremely conservative Republicans and the moderately conservative Republicans? And literally look at the issues that they pick: are we right to life or are we pro-choice?” he stated. “Well, if you are right to life, that is your opinion and that’s your religious belief, that is fine, but that is not the opinion of this state, which 70% are pro-choice in this state.”