Gov. Andrew Cuomo today offered his evaluation of the struggling Republican Party in New York, saying they are in a battle between moderates and conservatives.
The Democratic governor said the conservatives won’t win elected offices if they take control of the party, which hasn’t won a statewide race in since 2002.
“Figure out who you are and figure out if your extreme conservative philosophy can survive in this state, and the answer is no,” Cuomo said today on “The Capitol Pressroom.”
Cuomo is gearing up for his re-election in November and so far has no announced GOP challenger, though Donald Trump and Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino are considering it.
Cuomo said moderate Republicans in the Senate have helped him get his agenda passed in Albany over the last three years.
“And that’s what is going to play out this year: Who are the Republicans and who wins between the extreme conservatives and the moderates?” Cuomo said.
Cuomo will need Republican support for many of his key social issues this year, such as public financing of campaigns and strethening abortion rights.
So far, Republicans haven’t supported him on those issues.