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Hochul must come clean

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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Re your editorial “James Brady and gun control” and your report “Cuomo running mate’s Main Street campaign” (Aug. 7, multiple editions):

I admire your tribute to James Brady’s role in getting a milestone gun control law passed 20 years ago. But you noted that our nation “has largely been going in the opposite direction over the last decade.” Small wonder, since the NRA is the primary force pushing this backward movement. Then why did Gov. Cuomo pick an NRA cheerleader as his running mate?

Cuomo crafted our country’s toughest gun control law — The SAFE Act — reviled by gun lobby lunatics. Kathy Hochul drew support from firearms fanatics when she ran for Congress to represent her upstate New York district. She received the NRA’s highest honor (or dishonor), an A rating, which helped her win. How does this fierce opponent of gun control reconcile her views with those of her running mate? Has she “evolved” on this issue, like President Obama did with gay marriage? Will she quit the NRA or remain a member of an outfit that’s hell-bent on kicking Cuomo out of office? Not withdrawing her membership is a huge conflict of interest, like a CIA agent working for Al Qaeda.

Hochul also urged the arrest of all illegal immigrants applying for driver’s licenses during Gov. Spitzer’s reign. Has she changed her views on this issue? Cuomo has kept her under wraps so far, but she must face tough questions from reporters in the fall campaign. If journalists don’t hold her feet to the fire, we risk having a gun nut and bigot holding New York’s second most powerful post.

As Desi Arnaz often said, she has some “splainin” to do.

Richard Reif

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