FLY CREEK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has alienated many New York voters by aggressively pursuing controversial gun control legislation and will be “vulnerable” if he runs for re-election next year, Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, said Thursday.
Gibson, after an impressive victory in November in his bid for a second term in the House, was recently named by state GOP Chairman Edward Cox as one of five Republican officeholders considering a run for New York governor in 2014.
Asked whether he might get into a toe-to-toe contest with Cuomo next year, Gibson said he is not ruling out running for statewide office but is more likely to be a strong supporter of his party’s choice to take on Cuomo.
Gibson ticked off a list of reasons why he thinks many voters are now sour on Cuomo to the point they will pull the lever for his opponent next year.
“I do believe that Governor Cuomo is going to be vulnerable,” he told The Daily Star during a stop in the hamlet of Fly Creek on Thursday afternoon. “I know there are some who think he will not be. But my question is: Why all the commercials on television?”
He was referring to ads running statewide that hail Cuomo’s $135 billion state budget.
“If you take a look at the PR (public relations) program that is going on, and then look at our own economy, in relation to the national economy, you see that we are still struggling in New York,” Gibson said.
Gibson also argued that Cuomo turned off many voters by pushing the NY SAFE Act through the Legislature. The congressman predicted that the multifaceted gun-control measure’s key provisions will be struck down as unconstitutional. About 50 county legislatures have passed resolutions criticizing the SAFE Act.