Hannity to leave NY after Cuomo says conservatives not welcome
Sean Hannity has had it with New York. And he's letting Governor Andrew Cuomo know about it in no uncertain terms.
Breitbart is reporting that Hannity has decided to leave New York, apparently as soon as he can sell his house. The last straw was an ignorant rant by the governor where he said that pro-lifers and other conservatives had no place in the state.
During a radio interview on Friday, Cuomo pointed out that Republicans were in the midst of a schism, where conservatives worked against moderate Republicans.
"Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves," he said. "Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that's who they are and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are."
Hannity let Cuomo have it with both barrells:
"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 hosted a radio show in New York City since the late 1990s. In 2001, the show was syndicated and has since filled the current 3 p.m. ET to 6 p.m. ET time slot. He will be following in the footsteps of conservative radio talkers Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, who had also fled the Empire State for Florida and Texas, respectively.
"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."
It doesn't get much dumber than inviting people to leave your state because of their political beliefs. Apparently, Communists, anarchists, radical greens, eco-terrorists, and other far left loons are welcome to stay because "that's who New Yorkers are."
Comforting thought, that.
Cuomo is favored to win re-election. Maybe this is a gambit to rid himself of a lot of people who would ordinarily vote against him.