Andrew Cuomo Faces Calls to Resign After Saying Pro-Lifers Not Welcome in New York
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/19/14 2:41 PM
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York is facing calls to resign following his comments saying pro-life people have no business living in the state.
As LifeNews reported Friday, Cuomo said the following:
You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.
… You’re seeing that play out in New York. … The Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act — 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’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.
Cuomo said his words don’t extend to moderate Republicans, such as those in the state Senate, who he believes “have a place in their state.”
Now, pro-life writer Eric Metaxas is one of many saying Cuomo should resign.
Such contempt from a “public servant” is UTTERLY inexcusable. Gov. Cuomo should apologize & resign. Period. http://t.co/qrQzgoOwKD
— Eric Metaxas (@ericmetaxas) January 19, 2014
Andrew Cuomo says that pro-lifers aren’t welcome in New York. Any official who says that about people with ANY pol. position should resign.
— High Time Society (@HighTimeSociety) January 18, 2014
Meanwhile, Facebook was full of calls from pro-life people asking Cuomo to resign:
David B Harrington he SHOULD resign; you can’t claim to be democratically elected as a representative of the people and then alienate whole swaths of said people
Dolores McLaughlin He should resign!
Jima Dunigan Should apologize and resign.
Colette Costa He should be fired.
Todd Casell Step aside Mr. Cuomo, step aside!
P.a. LaBrake He should resign
Cortney O’Brien, writing at TownHall, is not surprised by Cuomo’s comments.
Cuomo’s comments perhaps come as no surprise to those familiar with his proposed Women’s Equality Act – legislation which works opposite its title thanks to its radical abortion agenda. Although the measure was defeated last year, Cuomo, in his fourth State of the State address, declared he was determined to try again in 2014.
Dan Janison at Long Island’s Newsday asks a poignant question about Cuomo’s recent condescending remarks: What if the conservative governor of a red state made these comments about extreme liberals?
Michael Long, who heads the state Conservative Party, told The Buffalo News that Cuomo’s rhetoric went too far.
“For him to try to paint people who have different points of view that they are odd and extreme, I think is bad language for the governor of the state of New York,” said Long.
“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,” said Long.”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.”
If the governor has any interest in pursuing national office with a potential Democratic presidential campaign, he’s definitely lost the majority of the country that appreciates the right to life of unborn babies.