New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stuck his foot in his mouth by saying that “extreme” conservatives are not welcome in his state. Cuomo will probably have to apologize for his divisive statement, which needlessly offended pro-life groups.

It presents an opportunity for North Carolina’s governor, however. He should respond by making it clear that even though conservatives might not be welcome in New York, they certainly are welcome in North Carolina. He should then go into detail about the conservative agenda passed by the legislature and signed into law last year, and make it clear that New Yorkers with conservative views on guns, abortion, and marriage are more than welcome to move to North Carolina. Add in a couple of lines about North Carolina’s friendly business environment, and make a jab about how New York sucks and everyone is moving away from there anyway. It would be yet another opportunity to contrast the “Red State Model” with the “Blue State Model”.

The net benefit of such an editorial would be small, but if New Yorkers are going to move to this state in droves, it would be beneficial for the NC GOP that they be the right kind of New Yorker. An editorial such as this might also deter more liberal Empire State residents from moving in, just so long as enough emphasis is placed on traditional marriage and expansive gun rights. If such an editorial is written, McCrory should resist the temptation to sound like just a business-friendly moderate and nothing more. Don’t try to play to the state media, or even to swing voters within the state. The audience should be conservative New Yorkers, and also conservatives around the nation. Toss them red meat.

North Carolina passed what the governor of New York would term an “extreme conservative” agenda. It’s time to own it!


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