Cuomo's remark on conservatives' viability during criticism

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - A remark from Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week on the viability of "extreme conservatives" in New York is drawing continued criticism from the right.

During a radio interview, Cuomo said right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay conservatives have "no place in the state of New York."

The remarks immediately sparked comments from both the state's conservatives and the Republican party, including two local lawmakers.

"Just because someone is against the Safe Act doesn't mean someone is an extremist," said Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-District 101.

Cuomo's office has attempted to add context to his remark by saying his point was that New York is a politically moderate state and an extremist agenda is not politically viable. The governor said "it is fine" to be anti-gun control and pro-life and he respects both positions.

"I think that some of us who believe in some of that same stuff have our right to feel that way and to express it in a public way without being criticized by our governor," Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-District 118 said.

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