It's been one week since New York governor Andrew Cuomo made his disparaging remarks about conservatives. The controversy isn't dying down.
As a reminder, here were Cuomo's original remarks: “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? 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.”
That sparked many, including yours truly, to become upset by the notion that we are unwanted in our own home state because of our “extreme” conservative values. Unfortunately for the governor, we don't have to endure that type of rhetoric and have the option of leaving places like New York, as almost two million have done over the last decade. At some point in the future, I will do the same.
Then the communist mayor of New York Bill de Blasio managed to make matters worse by doubling down on Cuomo's comments. Mayor de Blasio says that he agrees with Cuomo's comments, going on to explain:
“I interpret his remarks to say that an extremist attitude that continues the reality of violence in our communities or an extremist attitude that denies the rights of women, does not represent the views of the people of New York State … We all understand that there’s a right to free speech. I wouldn’t disagree with that right, nor would Governor Cuomo. But I think he’s saying that the attitudes of those who want to continue the status quo in this country on guns, or who want to challenge and deny a woman’s right to choose, does not reflect the values of New Yorkers. So I think he was absolutely right to say what he said.”
When asked to clarify, de Blasio doubles down saying, “Governor Cuomo’s right and I believe I am on firm ground in saying, our people–the people of New York state and the people of New York City–reject the extremist views against a woman’s right to choose and in favor of the proliferation of guns in our society. And I stand by that 100 percent.”
So “extreme” conservatives are not welcome in New York City or the state of New York. I've been saying this entire week that this means people like Cardinal Dolan are unwelcome in New York. Cardinal Dolan did respond to the remarks, calling them “unfortunate at best; inflammatory and outrageous at worst.” He said, “The extremists are really on the other side. The extremists are those who want to radically expand abortion, are not happy with the way things are, resistant the constitutionally legal restraints that have been reasonably placed upon abortion.”
Now Andrew Cuomo is being accused of targeting conservative activist James O'Keefe. He claims his group has been targeted by the New York Department of Labor demanding financial documents. O'Keefe says, "Governor Cuomo's shocking words this past week aren't simply words. Governor Cuomo and the New York Department of Labor are on a witch hunt, demanding all documents and financials since our founding. ... His goal, of course, is to harass us and limit our effectiveness by tying us up in court. Just like President Obama used the IRS to target and suppress conservatives, Governor Cuomo is using his Department of Labor to do the same exact thing." The office says that this is simply a part of the legal requirement of their department.