Gov. Cuomo Radio Comments Spark Controversy
January 19, 2014
ALBANY, NY – Hornell Republican Leader John Buckley, Assemblyman Bill Nojay and local Republicans on Facebook, are criticizing Governor Andrew Cuomo for the governor’s statements on National Public Radio’s Capital Pressroom Show made on Friday.
“The Safe Act, the Republican Party candidates are running against the Safe Act,” said Cuomo. “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 are 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 the state. George Pataki was governor of this state, as a moderate Republican,” Cuomo explained. “Not this clash that you’re getting from the quote-unquote power brokers of the party now, we are right to life, we are pro-assault weapon.”
Hornell GOP Leader John Buckley was not amused. “Let me get this straight,” Buckley stated. “Am I an extremist for being pro-life? Am I an extremist for being pro-second amendment? I mean, this is just beyond the pale.”
Assemblyman Bill Nojay was also taken aback. “I think this is an act of desperation on the part of the governor,” said Nojay on his Friday show. “Sending the message that if you disagree with Andrew Cuomo, you really should just move to another state.”