New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a radio spot last week that “extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay… have no place in the state of New York.” The Governor complains that his comment was about politicians, not residents, and is being taken out of context— but some New York conservatives are already expressing that they don’t want to live in a State so unwelcoming to their values.
Conservative pundit and native New Yorker Sean Hannity has already publically announced that he plans to heed Cuomo’s admonition and take his conservatism elsewhere.
Hannity told his audience that he plans to head down South to either Texas or Florida.
“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 will be following the lead of other conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck who have left New York, along with the money and employment opportunities that surround their media companies. Limbaugh currently produces his show from Florida; Beck headed to Texas.
“Governor 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.”
For other disenfranchised conservatives in the Empire State looking for a place to relocate, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is rolling out the red carpet.
“In Alabama we strongly support and uphold our great U.S. Constitution on which our nation and our states were founded,” Bentley told Yellowhammer. “The Constitution serves to protect individual Freedoms. Among them are those guaranteed in the Second Amendment, which protects the right of the people to keep and bear Arms. We will protect the Freedoms of individuals and welcome any one or any company to Alabama to discover as so many have, that we are a pro-business state filled with good, hardworking people.”