From the morning memo, the second item:

The fallout from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “extreme conservatives” remarks last Friday continues.

Last night on Capital Tonight, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb called Cuomo’s statement in a radio interview that moderate Republicans have a place in state politics, but extreme conservatives opposed to abortion rights and gun control do not “offensive.”

“I find it as a Catholic offensive that when I believe we need to protect the lives of the unborn, that’s extreme.” Kolb said. “When I believe in the sanctity of a man and a woman as far as marriage, that’s extreme. When I believe in the sanctity of Second Amendment rights, that’s extreme.”

Cuomo’s office has clarified that the governor was referring to far-right political candidates not having a place in New York’s politics. In Cuomo’s view, New York is a moderate-to-liberal state, which is why “moderate Republicans” like GOP lawmakers in the Senate and Gov. George Pataki have had success.

Still, Republicans aren’t letting this issue go.

GOP Chairman Ed Cox in a statement released this morning called on Cuomo to apologize as well.

“I call upon Governor Cuomo to apologize to New York’s good conservatives and Catholics for his statement that they ‘have no place in the State of New York’ and to all New Yorkers for poisoning New York’s politics with divisive rhetoric at a time when New York needs to be united to address its continuing economic problems,” Cox said in the statement.

Cuomo’s office, meanwhile, hasn’t been willing to bend despite the clarification.

In a second statement to be released from the governor’s office, Cuomo counsel Mylan Denerstein took aim at New York Post columnist Fred Dicker, who on Monday quoted a number of conservatives — Cox, Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino among them — upset with the remarks.

“The Governor has never demonized the opposition to his gun law nor stance on protecting choice nor marriage equality,” Denerstein wrote in what was referred to as “an open letter.” “The Governor is a gun owner and a Catholic. His faith is very important to him and he respects the Second Amendment. I have been party to many of these discussions over the years and while opinions are firm, the entire discussion on these different views has been tempered and respectful. The Governor’s main principle for New York State is tolerance of different opinions, races, sexual orientation, and religion.”

On his radio program this morning, Dicker called the Denerstein statement “preposterous.”

“Just talk personally — I’m pro-choice, I support gay rights — I’m an extreme conservative?” Dicker said.

“This is the kind of stuff people to do to marginalize opinions,” he added.