New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is coming under fire after stating that extreme conservatives cannot win statewide elections in New York.

Cuomo, a Democrat, made his remarks while discussing the widening rift between moderates and conservatives in the Republican Party.

“Their problem isn't me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves,” Cuomo, who signed the state's gay marriage law, said Friday during an appearance on The Capitol Pressroom radio show.

“Who are they?” Cuomo rhetorically asked.

“Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right to life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that is who they are and if they are extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York.”

“You have a schism within the Republican Party. They're searching to define their soul. That's what's going on.”

“'We don't agree with gay marriage, we are anti-gay', that is fine but 70% of this state, about, is now pro-gay marriage so figure out who you are and figure out if you are of an extreme conservative philosophy and if you can survive in this state. And the answer is no,” he later added.

In a letter to The New York Post on Sunday, the Cuomo administration responded to criticism following a Post headline which read: “Gov. Cuomo to Conservatives: Leave NY.”

“If you read the transcript, it is clear that the Governor was making the observation that an extreme right candidate cannot win statewide because this is a politically moderate state (either moderate Republican or moderate Democratic),” the letter states.