After New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that pro-life conservatives don't belong in New York, radio and television host Sean Hannity says he is ready to pack his bags and move. Cuomo made his disparaging comments about "extreme conservatives" during an interview with Susan Arbetter on The Capitol Pressroom radio show on Friday. Cuomo is a well-known pro-choice supporter and backed a bill last year that would have allowed for more third trimester abortions had it passed.
Cuomo was discussing the problems in Washington when he made his comments about extreme conservatives. "Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves," Cuomo said. "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."
In a poll taken last year, roughly 55 percent of New Yorkers identified as pro-choice while 41 percent identified as pro-life. The New York governor's comments did not sit well with many New York conservatives, especially Sean Hannity. Hannity announced his plans to leave the state on his radio show on Monday.
“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.”
Just in case it wasn't clear that Hannity plans to take his money and leave, he also directed a comment at Cuomo. “Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me--every single solitary penny. And by the way governor, because I work here--there’s a whole bunch of people that work for me and benefit because I do two shows. And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I’m sure you’ll take care of them.”
Hannity plans to discuss Cuomo's comments about pro-life conservatives during On the Record on Tuesday night.
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