Based on this vile bigotry, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should retroactively leave New York State.
One thing appears certain from remarks New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made on a radio show last week — his father, the former Gov. Mario Cuomo, has no place in his son’s New York. What’s more, by his own standards, even the current governor’s place may be in jeopardy.
The governor complained about conservatives during his appearance on “The Capitol Pressroom” radio show Friday, defining them as, “Right-to-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay.”
He closed his thoughts with this topper: “If that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
The problem is, from an anti-gay Mayoral campaign the senior Cuomo allegedly waged in 1977 — one in which the younger Cuomo had a role, Mario Cuomo should be sent packing and his son should at least be considering it as an option.
The late New York Mayor Ed Koch was very private about his sex life and his sexual preference. When the lifelong bachelor was asked whether he was gay or straight, he shot back, “It’s none of your f—ing business,” the New York Daily News reported.
Although Koch was right — it was no one’s business but his own — remarks like that set tongues wagging, and allegedly prompted the elder Cuomo to use the gossip to his own advantage.
During the ugly 1977 New York City mayoral primary battle between Koch and Mario Cuomo, Cuomo campaign lawn signs appeared throughout Queens — Cuomo’s home turn — reading, “Vote for Cuomo, Not the Homo.” Cuomo’s son Andrew, then 19, worked alongside his father on the campaign.
Both father and son denied they had anything to do with the dirty trick, according to Gothamist, but one has to ask, who benefited from the smear? No one but Mario Cuomo.
Ironically, as a staunch Catholic, the elder Cuomo was always reportedly pro-life. Guess his punk son wants deal old dad to leave the state. Even mentioning any of this is sure to get under the governor’s very thin skin.
Had the governor limited himself to saying it’s fine to oppose abortion, gun control and same-sex marriage but you are not going to win, there would be no controversy. But he didn’t so limit himself.
Instead, he indulged in cheap caricatures meant to advance a truly self-serving and noxious argument: that anyone who disagrees with Andrew Cuomo on these issues must be an extremist.