Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, R-Melrose, Rensselaer County, apologized in a statement and video this afternoon after he made comments this morning that Hitler and Mussolini would be proud of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s hasty passage of the gun-control law last month.
McLaughlin said he called Cuomo to apologize.
“He did not deserve that,” McLaughlin said. “Just like you, I’m human. I make mistakes sometimes.”
In his statement and video, McLaughlin said he was trying to make the point that bills should not be rushed through the Legislature.
“In politics, too often people are unwilling to admit their mistakes. Today, in the heat of the moment, I let my passion overcome me and made an insensitive remark that has overshadowed a serious matter regarding democracy in New York State,” McLaughlin said in the statement. “I used a poor analogy and have called Governor Cuomo to apologize.”