New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox ignored any nuance meant by the governor when Cox issued this statement Monday:
“I call upon Governor Cuomo to apologize to New York’s good conservatives and Catholics for his statement that they ‘have no place in the state of New York’ and to all New Yorkers for poisoning New York’s politics with divisive rhetoric at a time when New York needs to be united to address its continuing economic problems.”
While this newspaper’s editorial opinion is not in the “right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay” camp, what the governor said — no matter what his intentions — goes against everything a democracy should hold dear.
Surely there is room, even for political candidates, to have vastly different opinions than the majority. Not only can there be a place for those views with which many disagree, there MUST be a place for them.
Gov. Cuomo should make that clear, and quit explaining.