Georgia Lawmakers Kick Out Coke

Republican state lawmakers in Georgia want Coca-cola to remove all of its products from all congressional offices following the company slamming the state’s new election reforms.

On Saturday, Republican State House Reps. Victor Anderson, Clint Crowe, Matt Barton, Jason Ridley, Lauren McDonald III, Stan Gunter, Dewayne Hill, and Marcus Wiedower all signed a letter denouncing Coca-Cola for taking part in an “out of control cancel culture.”

“Upon the passage of the ‘Election Integrity Act of 2021,’ your company has made the conscious decision to perpetuate a national dialogue which seeks to intentionally mislead the citizens of Georgia and deepen a divide in our great State,” The group of lawmakers wrote. “We have the responsibility to all of Georgia to not engage in those misguided intentions nor continue to support corporations who choose to. SB 202 expands early voting opportunities, provides a pathway to ensure shorter voting lines, secures the use of drop boxes which otherwise would be illegal, as well as several other provisions allowing all Georgians greater access to fast, secure, and transparent elections.”

“Given Coke’s decision to cave to pressure from an out of control cancel culture, we respectfully request all Coca-Cola Company products be removed from our office suite immediately,” they continued. “Should Coke choose to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in the dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship.”

A group of companies that were oddly silent about the voting reform bill as it worked its way through Congress has criticized the legislation since it was ratified into law this past month. the chairman and CEO of the COca-Cola Company, James Quincey, made a statement this past Thursday in which he showed disdain for the reforms.

“We want to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation. Throughout Georgia’s legislative session we provided feedback to members of both legislative chambers and political parties, opposing measures in the bills that would diminish or deter access to voting,” Quincey stated.

This past week, Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives voted to strip Delta Air Lines of a tax credit worth almost $35 million after the airline company pulled a 180 on its support for the bill, criticizing it after initially releasing a statement praising its passage. However, the measure never came up for a vote in the Senate.

“They like our public policy when we’re doing things that benefit them,” House Speaker David Ralston stated in regard to Delta Air Lines. “You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand. You got to keep that in mind sometimes.”

 

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