Every once in a while, a politician says something so stupid that you have to check it twice because you can’t believe it at first. Now is one of those times. New York governor Andrew Cuomo is blaming the weather – not high taxes or any other progressive policy – for people who are leaving New York state.
Hot Air reports:
NY Governor Blames Weather For People Fleeing State
With the primary election behind him, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo apparently felt safe enough to take a few rare questions from the local press yesterday. One pushy reporter had the audacity to ask the Governor about the large numbers of people fleeing the Empire State over the past several years and our expected loss of yet another congressional seat after the next census. Sticking to his usual form, Cuomo blew off any suggestion that the state Democrats’ liberal policies were driving people away, instead blaming sinking population numbers on… the weather.
From FOX 5 in New York:
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed the upstate weather for prompting New Yorkers to flee to other states.
Cuomo told reporters Tuesday that while job losses and high taxes once drove people to leave New York, his administration has ended that trend and improved the local economic situation.
He said many of the New Yorkers leaving the state now are doing so for personal reasons or decisions that he called “climate based.”
The comments came after Cuomo’s Republican challenger, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, said on Monday that Cuomo has failed to stem the number of New Yorkers leaving for states with lower taxes and more jobs.
If Coumo was a Republican, he would get savaged by the media for making such a comment. But he’s a Democrat, so the press looks the other way.