The organizer of a large picnic event designed to help unify Republican leaders and supporters in Connecticut next Saturday canceled his plans to serve 100 Chick-fil-A sandwiches after deciding the controversy over the restaurant owner’s stand against same-sex marriage might become a distraction.
“It was never about gay marriage,” Mitch Beck told the Connecticut Post in a phone interview. He said the controversy surrounding the gay activists’ vocal opposition against Chick-fil-A was “threatening to overtake the importance of the event,” the Post wrote.
Beck, an executive recruiter, said he ordered 100 sandwiches from the nearest Chick-fil-A franchise (in New Jersey across the states’ line) as a show of support for management’s First Amendment rights of free speech.
The event is aimed at helping Republicans, including 30 political candidates, network with each other and to grow the party’s presence in the state.
Naturally, either way they get attacked by the Democrats:
In a statement issued late Friday, Democratic State Central Committee Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo seized the opportunity to ridicule the decision by the host of the Republican event to not serve Chick-fil-A. Also, she framed the debate as a civil rights issue as many supporters of same-sex marriage have done.
“While the Republicans gather together to celebrate their unity and discuss issues like whether or not to serve Chick-fil-A for lunch, Democrats across the state are talking to voters about the issues that matter to them: jobs, education and health care,” DiNardo said.
“The largest Republican event to date this election season has focused on their squabble over chicken and if they can strut alongside those who want to rollback decades of civil rights advances,” she said, as reported by the Connecticut Post. “Surely those in elected positions in our government could use the time for more constructive things than the logistics of purchasing food in New Jersey for an event in Connecticut.”
It does seem pretty stupid to bring in food from NJ to CT; it’d be cold by the time it arrived…
It would have been best to not have made such arrangements in the first place… But then the GOP is the Stupid Party, while the Democrats are the Evil Party, as Sam Francis used to say…