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Republicans say Cuomo lied about calling

Nov 17, 2017 1:01 pm
Shane Goldmacher in The New York Times reports that on Nov. 16 Gov. Andrew Cuomo called New York Republicans who voted for the tax bill in Congress “treasonous,” and said that he had spoken with “all of them.” But three of the four New York Republicans who voted for the measure denied talking to Cuomo. “I never believed I’d be living in a state with a governor that was an outright liar,” Tom Reed said. “I am just appalled that he would have the character level of just outright lying. I’m not even going to say mischaracterizing it. It’s just an outright lie by a liar in the governor’s mansion. To me, that is very troublesome. For a man who is trying to run for president of the United States to stoop to that moral character is troublesome, to say the least.” Representative Chris Collins agreed. “Not only is he a bold-faced liar, but he also is fabricating quotations,” Collins said. Cuomo said when he called the four Republicans, that “they all had the same line which was, ‘Well you know my political leaders are forcing me to vote for it.’” A Cuomo spokesperson, Richard Azzopardi, did not confirm the governor's original claim saying, “The governor’s point was the Republican congressmen he spoke to said they were under pressure from their political leadership to vote yes." The kerfuffle diverted attention from the fact that other Republicans who did not vote for the tax plan, such as Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), basically agreed with Cuomo, saying the tax bill would hurt New Yorkers. Shane Goldmacher in The New York Times reports