New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: Pro-Life, ‘Anti-Gay’ Candidates ‘Have No Place in the State’

Cuomo Credit Pat ArnowALBANY, N.Y. — Controversy has been stirring over recent comments made by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who stated in a radio interview that ‘extreme’ political candidates ‘have no place in the state.’

Cuomo made his comments on public radio’s The Capital Pressroom as he asserted that there was tension in the Republican Party due to differences between moderates and “extreme” conservatives.

“The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It is more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans,” he said. “And a moderate Republican in Washington can’t figure out how to deal with the extreme Republicans. And the moderate Republicans are affair of the extreme conservative Republicans in Washington in my opinion.”

Cuomo then went on to state that he has seen the rift in New York, and asserted 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.”

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“‘[They say], ‘We don’t agree with gay marriage, we are anti-gay.’ That is fine, but 70% of this state about is now pro-gay marriage, so figure out who you are and figure out if you are of a extreme conservative philosophy and if you can survive in this state,” Cuomo continued. “And the answer is no.”

Initial reports about Cuomo’s comments stirred controversy, as many outlets, including the New York Post, asserted that the governor had stated that those who supported life and opposed homosexuality were not welcome in New York.

But Cuomo’s office wrote an open letter to the Post on Saturday, advising that his words had been taken out of context.

“The New York Post distorted Governor Cuomo’s words yesterday, saying that the governor said ‘conservatives should leave New York.’ The governor did not say that, nor does he believe that,” the letter read. “[I]t is clear that the governor was making the observation that an extreme right candidate cannot win statewide because this is a politically moderate state (either moderate Republican or moderate Democratic).”

However, some are still expressing disapproval of Cuomo’s assertions, stating that it is instead the governor and his views that are out of place in New York.

“I guess the governor believes if you don’t believe the way he does, there’s not room in what he thinks is his state,” Michael Long of the Conservative Party told Buffalo News. “I believe this state is made up of men and women from Niagara Falls to Montauk Point who have all sorts of views, some who believe in the Second Amendment, some who believe in traditional marriage, some who believe government, especially in New York State, spends too much money and taxes are too high.”

Photo: Pat Arnow

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  • Sir Tainly

    What some people call “extreme” I call intolerant dogmatists.
    dog·ma·tist (dôgm-tst, dg-)
    1. An arrogantly assertive person.
    2. One who expresses or sets forth dogma.
    A little late…but in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day:
    “Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from “Loving Your Enemies”)”
    ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • stevieb

    You get used to hearing politicians talking out of their rear ends after a while, but this was interesting…I can see a day when NY state will be nothing like it is today…coming soon..

  • stevieb

    The government spends too much money on themselves…and not even close to what’s necessary for the people they represent to have a decent life…

  • Mark

    If being gay or aborting a pre-born aby human is not extreme, than what are they? Since Cuomo claims being pro-life and pro-family are extreme, then America needs more of these extremists and less of political idiots like Cuomo.

    • M. Saeger

      True. New York, as with too many other states, is quickly becoming a Den of Iniquity: few morals, no scruples. And yet this catholic mayor took communion. God help the man to see clearly.

  • Karate Kathleen

    I have lived in New York all my life. I did NOT like Mario Cuomo his father, and I do not like him. Big attitude and big mouth! New York is one of the most heavily taxed states, and one of the most least truly represented by the people. AND THE BIGGEST IN POLITICAL CORRUPTION AND WASTEFUL, CORRUPT SPENDING!!! For years our taxes have mostly gone to support New York City when we live in farm country!


  • ….

    New York:

    The state of murder and sodomy.

  • Les

    Pray for and love this lost lost soul. He was raise in this ideology. To him WE as in CHRISTIANS are the problem. The bible GODS words and thoughts are an inconvenient truth for this man and many like him.

    I suggest you write him with letters of love and encouragement. He is expecting letters of hate and discontent. Pray fervently and the right words will come to you. Let this poor lost soul know that you are for Gods word and that word commands you to love you and pray for you that you repent and accept the amazing gift of God’s son Jesus. We all know what will happen next. This man will be changed from the inside out.

    I am not saying that this will work as some people are so trapped in sin either in their own thoughts and minds or external thru demonic forces.

    Regardless GODS WILL WILL BE DONE!

    God bless you all

  • Bill

    Dear Governor Cuomo,
    The U.S. constitution was written under certain assumptions:
    1. Governments are inherently evil
    2. Governments exist to serve themselves and grow bigger
    3. Governments eventually move to exclude those who don’t feed and grow the government.

    Thank you Mr. Cuomo for confirming the above assumptions by using the tactic of defining who is a “real NY citizen”. I live here, therefore I am a “real NY citizen”! Citizenship gives me the right to run for office whether you think I have a place here or not. Citizenship gives me the right to run for office even if i am the only one who votes for me.
    In a Democracy, you Mr. Cuomo, you do not have the right to decide who runs for office. Please stop speaking like a Soviet, they decided who got to run for office too.

    Thank You Mr. Cuomo for the civics lesson.