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.”