On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo noted a schism between moderate and conservative New York Republicans:
"Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that's who they are and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are."
On his radio program Monday Sean Hannity first threatened to leave New York over the comments — taking issue with the line that pro-life, pro-gun conservatives "have no place" in New York.
"Now I want to tell you something – I was born and raised in New York. I want you to know that and I can't wait to get out of here. I really can't. I don't want to pay their 10% 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. I haven't decided yet, but I'm leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish."
On Fox News Tuesday Hannity said he would leave New York after his son graduates high school: "As soon as I am able, some time probably when my son graduates from high school, I'm getting out of here as quick as I can."