Friday, Cuomo told WCNY radio, “You’ve seen that play out in New York, their SAFE act, the Republican Party candidates are running against the SAFE Act. It was voted for by moderate republicans who run the Senate. Their problem is not me and democrats, their problem is themselves. 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 is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York. Because that is not who New Yorkers are.”
Cuomo went on to say that those opinions are fine and people have the right to them, but that the majority of the state does not agree. He says that's why moderate republicans are winning in state politics over extremely conservative ones.
Multiple media outlets report that the state GOP Chairman, Ed Cox, and many others are asking Cuomo to apologize. Cuomo’s press office says it's clear that the Governor was making a statement about New York being a politically moderate state.
To read Cuomo's complete remarks during his radio interview, click here.