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For Govs. Cuomo, a similar rhetorical fallout, decades apart

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his father, former

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, leave the funeral for former New York City Mayor Ed Koch at Manhattan's Temple Emanu-El. (Feb. 4, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

In March 1985 -- nearly 29 years ago -- then-Gov. Mario M. Cuomo caused some political blowback when he described those who stirred opposition to the newly enacted mandatory seat-belt law in New York as  "N.R.A. hunters, who drink beer, don't vote, and lie to their wives about where they were all weekend."

However, it has also been pointed out that at one time long ago the elder Cuomo was anti-same-sex marriage and anti-abortion.

Last week, his son, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, said that in campaigning against gay marriage and abortion, and for the sale of assault weapons, "extreme" conservatives were finding themselves with "no place" in New York electoral politics.

Similar remarks across generations? Different because of generations?

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