Looks like for the next few days US politics will be defined by if you eat at Chick-fil-A.
The fast food restaurant has been in the spotlight recently for its donations in support of anti-gay initiatives. Yesterday, 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin tweeted she and her husband were at the restaurant after a Texas campaign rally.
Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader, went to her Twitter feed to say how she preferred a Chick-fil-A rival.
‘For the record, I prefer Kentucky Fried Chicken,’ Pelosi twitted as reported by Huffington Post.
Tim Pawlenty, one of the people considered as a possible running mate to Republican Mitt Romney, was at an event in North Carolina hyping the Georgia based company.
‘…Pawlenty came to Chick-fil-A’s defense during a Romney campaign event in Cary, North Carolina on Saturday, bragging to a small group of supporters that he ate lunch at the fast-food franchise…,’ the political website Think Progress reported yesterday (28 July).
Vincent C. Gray, the mayor of Washington, D.C., joined the leaders of Boston and Chicago by denouncing any expansion of the franchise in his city. He called the company, as reported by the Washington Post, ‘hate chicken.’
Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York, kept both his business and gay rights credentials with his comments about the culture/food war. In his weekly radio address, on Friday (27 July), he questioned mayors for having a test for companies to do business in the cities they run.
‘You can’t have a test for what the owners’ personal views are before you decide to give a permit to do something in the city,’ he said, as reported by ABC News. ‘You really don’t want to ask political beliefs or religious beliefs before you issue a permit. That’s just not government’s job. This is just a bad idea and it’s not going to happen in New York City.’
Chick-fil-A might have a business partner in Bloomberg, but when it comes to gay rights the two part company because the mayor understands gay rights equals money. According to a NYC & Company and the City Clerk’s Office report, in the one year same sex marriage has been legal the city’s economy has been boosted by $259 million.
‘New York has always been a great place to get married and since the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, we’re welcoming more and more couples, their families and friends from around the country and the world,’ Bloomberg said.