New York under Gov. Andrew Cuomo is currently running ads that attempt to sell the Empire State as a great place to do business. But last week, Gov. Cuomo put a limit on the kind of people he wants in the state. Conservatives have no place in New York, he said.
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’s intolerant statement echoes similar statements made by Democrat mayors in Chicago and Boston last year, who tried to block Chick-fil-A from opening restaurants in those cities because the owner believes in the traditional definition of marriage. Simply put, it has become a mainstream Democrat position to tell about half the country, or a majority in the case of the Second Amendment, that they are somehow less than full Americans with the full rights of citizenship. “They have no place in the state of New York” is clear enough.
Talk radio titan and Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity now says that since Cuomo has revealed his bigtotry, Hannity is taking his show out of New York.
“Now I want to tell you something – I was born and raised in New York,” Hannity said. “I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it. I can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas. I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish.”
Low-tax, deep-red Texas would certainly welcome Hannity as it has already welcomed Glenn Beck. Beck relocated his entire Blaze and GBTV operation to the Dallas area in 2011.
Wherever Hannity goes, “Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me – every single solitary penny,” he said, adding that he also employs a number of people.
Update: Cuomo is backtracking and blaming the media for accurately reporting what he said.