Last week, New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on the radio that “extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay… have no place in the state of New York.” The resulting controversy led to the governor’s office clarifying, via full transcript release, that Cuomo was referring specifically to that sort of person’s chances in a statewide election in a heavily Democratic New York.
But that hasn’t placated outspoken conservatives like radio host and Fox Newser Sean Hannity, who told his radio audience on Monday afternoon that he plans to flee for Florida or Texas.
“I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here,” he said. “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.”
He added: “I haven’t decided yet, but I’m leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish.” [Note: Hannity did once declare he loves Panama City.]
The radio host then addressed the New York governor directly: “Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me – every single solitary penny.”
He added that by leaving New York, he may have to fire some staffers who reside in the state. “There’s a whole bunch of people that work for me and benefit because I do two shows,” he said. “And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I’m sure you’ll take care of them.”
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