Gov. Cuomo Furiously Backpedals on Comments Saying Pro-Lifers Don't Belong in NY

Posted: Jan 21, 2014 10:30 AM

Following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's comments on a radio show suggesting that conservative, pro-life people have no place in New York, the governor's office has morphed into damage control mode, releasing a statement saying that it's "fine" to be pro-life in the state.

The full text of the statement:

The New York Post distorted Governor Cuomo’s words yesterday, saying that the Governor said "conservatives should leave New York." The Governor did not say that, nor does he believe that.

If you read the transcript (below), it is clear that the Governor was making the observation that an extreme right candidate cannot win statewide because this is a politically moderate state (either moderate Republican or moderate Democratic).

In the same response, the Governor went on to say "it is fine" to be anti-gun control, and anti-choice” – as he respects both positions.

The Post can allow any person they want to publish in their paper but if they are to retain any credibility they cannot be entirely reckless with facts and the truth.

Cuomo's remarks were widely criticized.

Let's hope that Cuomo chooses his words a little better the next time he has to give a speech.

Updated to correct the situation of Gov. Cuomo's initial remarks