NY Dems fire back at GOP chair’s Cuomo bashing

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The state Democratic Committee did not take kindly to New York Republican Chairman Ed Cox’s aggressive critique of Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday, suggesting a rift within the GOP and suggesting Cox take up his issues with Cuomo’s gun-law push with his party’s leader in the Senate.

Rodney Capel, executive director of the state Democratic Party, said the New York GOP “seems to be at war with itself – between moderates and extreme conservatives.” He was responding to a speech Cox gave in front of county Republican chairman earlier Wednesday, in which Cox said Cuomo, a Democrat, has “neither the experience nor the guts to spend his political capital on the necessary steps required to create jobs.”

“The more Ed Cox talks, the clearer it becomes that there is an ideological civil war going on in the Republican Party and that Ed Cox speaks for the extreme conservatives,” Capel said in a statement. “Cox and the Conservatives are out of touch with the citizens of New York.”

Specifically, Capel pointed to Cox’s comments on the state’s newly bolstered gun laws, which included a broader ban of assault weapons and further limits on the size of magazines. He even took a swipe at Cox’s famous father-in-law Richard Nixon, saying his politics were “extremist and divisive.”

“The Republican Party seems to be at war with itself — between moderates and extreme conservatives,” Capel said. “Cox’s criticism should be aimed at (Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos) — who supports and passed the laws Cox now criticizes — as much as Governor Cuomo.”

Capel’s full statement can be found after the jump.

“The more Ed Cox talks, the clearer it becomes that there is an ideological civil war going on in the Republican Party and that Ed Cox speaks for the extreme conservatives. Cox and the Conservatives are out of touch with the citizens of New York.

  • Cox opposes an assault weapons ban – supported by 70 percent of New Yorkers and a majority of gun owners.
  • Cox opposes the Women’s Equality Act and freedom of choice which is supported by 70 percent of New Yorkers. Cox even refuses to recognize Roe V. Wade as New York law.
  • Cox would cut taxes on the wealthiest one percent of New Yorkers and raise them on the 99 percent.

“The Republican Party seems to be at war with itself – between moderates and extreme conservatives. Cox’s criticism should be aimed at Senator Skelos – who supports and passed the laws Cox now criticizes – as much as Governor Cuomo.

“We suggest Cox, Skelos and Mike Long all get in a room and figure out who they are and what they believe. From what Cox says, the Republican Party doesn’t believe in a platform that fits the state. The more Cox speaks, the clearer it comes that he is the son in law of – and the rightful heir to – Richard Nixon’s extremist and divisive politics.”

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    actually richard nixon was hardly an extremist as president supporting many
    of the safety net programs that tea party republicans now want to dismantle
    and being vice president when eisenhower created the infrastructure now known
    as the interstate highway system…Ed cox however is way too far to the right
    to be new york state chairman because he fails to understand that as long as
    the republican party in this state is held captive by mike long and the conservative
    party they will never win anything state wide again…new york is one of only
    six states that permit minor parties to cross endorse and there is a reason for that
    it gives the minor parties like the conservative and independent parties far too
    much power over policy and ideology and selection of candidates forcing
    the republican party to be emasculated in that it cannot make decisions on its
    own and has to pander to the two minor parties to cobble together a coalition
    to even have a chance to win….we will see this unfold this year in westchester
    in the county executive race as well unfortunately