“… Cuomo administration officials strongly objected to the premise that the governor’s drop in upstate polls has anything to do with issues beyond gun control. And the notion that he is focusing on left-leaning issues is driven by the media, they insist. The Cuomo officials noted all polls showed a similar finding: His upstate numbers began going down in January after the gun bill’s passage. “It’s all guns,” a Cuomo official said …”
This is the most blunt acknowledgement I’ve seen from his camp as to the political damage SAFE has done to Cuomo. The next two questions from the media should be:
- Does this negative fallout hurt Cuomo’s rumored presidential aspirations?
- Did this negativity have anything do with the failure of the Senate to pass gun control?
“… One state lawmaker in a Republican region said constituents rarely had anything bad to say about Cuomo the first couple years. They forgave him on the gay marriage issue, said the lawmaker, speaking on condition of anonymity. But the gun control law unleashed negative feelings about Cuomo at every constituent event the lawmaker is attending these days. And the complaints center around a feeling that Cuomo needs to return to what he said would be his administration’s focus: jobs, jobs, jobs …”
This is true. Gay marriage just wasn’t that big of a deal to people regardless of their personal opinions on the issue. Guns, however, are a big deal to an activist segment of the population that most certainly is not confined to upstate, something that the NYC media refuses to acknowledge in spite of the outrage the Journal News created with their map of pistol license holders and the resulting boycott which I understand cost the paper a third of their subscribers.
Probably the most insulting thing is that Cuomo absolutely, positively will not acknowledge guns for self-defense:
“… The SAFE Act is designed to keep military-style assault weapons that have the potential to cause the greatest harm out of our communities while still respecting New York’s long tradition of hunting and sport shooting …”
He is not helping himself saying things like this.