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January 21, 2014
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QUEENS REPUBLICANS RESPOND TO GOV CUOMO’S INSULTING AND
ANTI-DEMOCRATIC REMARKS THAT THEY DON’T BELONG IN NEW YORK
(Queens, NY) Republicans in Queens County were stunned by Gov Andrew Cuomo’s remarks on Friday that any Republican who believes in the right to life for the unborn, believes in the second amendment of the United States Constitution, or believes in traditional marriage, does not belong in New York State.
According to Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa, “It’s shocking, to say the least, that the Governor thinks he can tell New Yorkers how they should think. That he would actually outline a litmus test for what beliefs he finds acceptable for people in New York to hold, and what beliefs he doesn’t just disagree with, but thinks the people who hold such beliefs should be prohibited from living in the great state of New York, is appalling. Gov Cuomo must retract these remarks immediately and apologize to every New Yorker, regardless of political party, who holds any of these beliefs in their heart.”
Many New Yorkers are bewildered not at just the insulting tone of the Governor’s remarks, but the condescending, undemocratic and extremely partisan nature of his statement.
“This shows a remarkable level of hubris from someone who is supposed to be a leader for everyone in this state,” said Queens GOP Executive Director Robert Hornak. “Diversity is one of the things that makes New York such a great place to live and raise a family, including a diversity of thought and ideas. And while there is certainly a diversity of thought within the Republican Party on these beliefs, these beliefs also cross political party lines. For the Governor to so brazenly insult people with these deeply held beliefs, including beliefs and principles that were instrumental in the founding of our country, is unconscionable. I don’t see how he could stand by those remarks.”
Queens Republicans believe these highly divisive comments will come back to haunt Gov Cuomo in his reelection this year, and will help motivate voters to support the Republican candidate in more moderate to conservative areas like Queens where these beliefs are fairly common and not seen as the character flaw that Gov Cuomo apparently views them as.