MILLINOCKET, Maine, January 26, 2014 — At first it appeared that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was trying to upstage New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio campaigned for mayor on the idea of taxing rich New Yorkers to pay for pre-K expansion in the city. He feels that winning the election gave him a mandate to follow through with his plan.
But recently Governor Cuomo got into the act by pledging to use state money in order to make improvements to the pre-K system throughout the state. But he plans to cut taxes at the same time. It looked as if a standoff was brewing.
That is, until the Governor shocked everybody by declaring that “Extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay…. have no place in the state of New York …”
At the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., de Blasio said, “I stand by that 100 percent. I agree with Governor Cuomo’s remarks.”
Suddenly the pre-K duel was forgotten, and all the bystanders waited for a response. It came quickly.
Conservative talk shows were abuzz and bloggers on both sides had a heyday. At least one influential New Yorker, Shawn Hannity, has publicly vowed to take himself, his family and his lucrative radio and television presence out of New York.
Cuomo and de Blasio apparently have each other’s backs while railing against conservatives. It remains to be seen what the extent of the backlash will be now that they have a common ideological purpose; they aim to chase the right wingers out of the state.
Now for something non-political…
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