Hannity: Not Leaving New York Right Away

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2014 08:07 PM

By Greg Richter

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Conservative talk radio and TV host Sean Hannity says he's not leaving New York immediately, despite comments he made Monday in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's derisive remarks about conservatives.

Cuomo said in a radio interview Friday that far-right Republicans who are "right-to-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay . . . have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are."

Hannity responded that he would be putting his house up for sale and moving to a state without income taxes, such as Texas or Florida.

But Hannity seemed to backtrack on Tuesday, telling fellow Fox News Channel host Greta Van Susteren that his words were taken out of context.

"I think people might have interpreted it that I'm leaving the next day," Hannity said. "If I could, I probably would, but I like to consider myself a responsible person."

Hannity said that "probably over 100 people," between his radio and TV shows, count on him for their livelihoods and he doesn't want to leave them in the lurch.

"I went home last night, and my wife and I talked about this seriously," he told Van Susteren. Counting federal, state, county, and New York City, Hannity said, about 62 percent of his income is paid in taxes.

"It's too much," he said. "It's almost like I am facilitating the robbery of the hard-earned money I am making."

Hannity said he plans to get out of New York "as quick as I can," sometime after his son graduates from high school.

"That is a sad state of affairs," Hannity said. "Liberals are not the tolerant people they proclaim to be."

Hannity said he'd love to see Donald Trump or former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani run for governor to stop the flow of people with money fleeing the state for those with lower taxes and regulations.

Trump has indicated he'd be willing to run as a Republican if there were no primary opposition.

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