King Cuomo? Really Tom, isn’t that an exaggeration? (In case you missed it, Tom used that phrase twice.) Andrew Cuomo was elected Governor by a majority of New York voters.
Tom seems to react with unreasonable bitterness. He writes
Because of his unilateral decision, New Yorkers cannot develop their mineral rights and as a result Southern Tier families and communities have suddenly lost valuable income streaming their own property. I care for those family farmers and taxpayers and that is why I will lead a charge in Congress to ensure those individuals have the opportunity to be justly compensated for their losses.
Unilateral? Really Tom? Compensate landowners for not being allowed to frack? What is the legal precedent for that?
(Gov. Cuomo’s) policies hurt our communities, they hurt our neighbors, and they hurt our families. Instead of developing safe, natural gas that provides jobs and encourages New York manufacturing, Governor Cuomo has left New York manufacturers with higher energy costs and fewer opportunities for our residents. This in turn leads to fewer jobs for New York as a whole.
Tom ignores the fact that most New Yorkers, even upstate, oppose fracking for good reason. He ignores New York’s clean energy project.
Tom goes on to bad mouth the Safe Act, Common Core, and the lack to date of a casino project in the Southern Tier. Tom seems to have forgotten that Republicans favor “states rights.”
Is frustration among Republicans out of hand? I think of former Rep. Michael Grimm, NYS Senator Tom O’Mara, Senator McConnell, and the harsh statements of many disparaging President Obama.
I am convinced that Tom typed out this press release himself in a snit. The lack of proofreading and the angry tone suggest a lack of caution and reflection. Tom will need wide support in 2016; he had better take care not to let his anger get the best of him.
© William Hungerford – January 2015