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RUSH: WNBC-TV Channel 4 called and they wanted to know what I thought about Governor Paterson suggesting that he would have raised taxes sooner had he known it would force me out of the state and the city. Here is the package Channel 4 in New York put together.

RUSSO: The governor has said he fears New Yorkers drowning in taxes will flee the state, but he’s not worried about reports that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh plans to pack up.

PATERSON: If I knew that would be the result, I would have thought about the taxes earlier.

RUSSO: When I called Limbaugh to get his reaction, it became red meat for his radio show today.

RUSH ARCHIVE: [T]he Media Relations Department just got a call from WNBC-TV in New York. That’s Channel 4. Channel 4 has requested a response from me regarding a statement made by the (chuckles) Governor of New York, David Paterson, in a press conference this morning. [edit] Well, it has happened again, folks. I’ve always said if you place a bag of manure in front of a Democrat they will certainly step in it, and New York Governor David Paterson certainly has.

RUSSO: As for the record, Limbaugh says he’s technically not leaving New York because he says he already did leave New York in 1997. He says he’s lived in Florida ever since.

RUSH: You know what has not been reported and is purposely being omitted? The coverage this story is getting is amazing — all over, not just in New York, but all over the country. The one aspect that everybody leaves out of the story, and it’s gotta be purposeful, is the tipping point. I’m in New York 10, 15 days a year, and I’ve been audited every year for 12 years, and I’ve just had it! The tax increase is the tipping point.

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