Moore Award Nominee

“[The extreme conservatives’]  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? 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,” – govern0r Andrew Cuomo, simultaneously illiberal and a gift to the talk radio right.

He has since claimed that his remarks have been “distorted.” But the idea that “pro-life” voters have no place in New York State does not strike me as a distortion, but an insight into the governor’s contempt for those sincerely disagreeing with him over questions to do with abortion.

Update from a reader:

I’ve read the transcript and I don’t think that Cuomo’s comments can reasonably be interpreted to suggest that all conservative Republicans should leave New York. It is quite clear that he was talking about “Republican party candidates,” specifically Republican party candidates that ran against gun-control legislation that was voted for by moderate Republicans in the New York Senate.