Last week in a podcast, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo made some rather disturbing remarks about conservatives and how welcome they are in New York. He claimed that pro-life, Second Amendment loving conservatives are “extreme”, and that they “have no place in New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
His comment have drawn fierce criticism from many on the right and people within the state. He was blasted by the GOP in New York who called him “radical”, has come under fire from people such as Donald Trump, and now conservative talk show host Sean Hannity has come out with a message for the governor;
“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.”
Hannity has had his radio show since the ’90’s, which went syndicated in 2001. He also hosts a show on the Fox News channel every week night that enjoys high ratings. He’s also not the first conservative talk show host to leave New York for similar reasons, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh had both left years ago, citing excessive taxation and crumbling freedoms as their reasons.
Hannity had more to say to the governor as well, reminding him that even though he’s a conservative and has differing political views he still employs people and contributes to the economy in New York;
“Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me – every single solitary penny,” he added. “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.”
One can’t help but wonder if this is going to be the start of a bigger movement of conservatives out of the state. If I were the governor, I would be shaking in my boots right now since we all know what a mass exodus of conservatives would do the the Empire State, just have a look at Detroit.