Palin, Santorum Rally Around Chick-fil-A

Monday, 30 Jul 2012 06:36 PM

By Patrick Hobin

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The Chick-fil-A political saga saw more back and forth as the Texas lieutenant governor welcomed the restaurant chain with open arms and the mayor of Washington, D.C. called the restaurant’s food “hate chicken,” ABC News reported.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst of Texas held a campaign rally outside an Austin Chick-fil-A on Monday to show his support for the restaurant. Dewhurst, a candidate to fill Kay Bailey Hutchison's U.S. Senate seat, said, "In Texas, we don't try and be politically correct. We want people to have freedom of their beliefs, freedom of religion," the Dallas Morning News reported.

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The Dewhurst campaign chose to hold one of its final events at a South Austin Chick-fil-A to "show his support for the company" and remind voters that Dewhurst is "encouraging people to come to Texas to invest and create jobs," ABC News reported.

Sarah Palin dropped by a Chick-fil-A in Texas over the weekend to show her support for the embattled restaurant chain after it drew criticism for its president’s statements in opposition to gay marriage.

The Chick-fil-A controversy began when Dan Cathy, the restaurant’s president, told the Baptist Press that the company, which puts faith ahead of profits by closing on Sundays, was “guilty as charged” for backing the “biblical definition of a family.”

Cathy said he does not support gay marriage, only the "biblical definition of the family unit."

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told the chain it is not welcome in their cities and vowed to stop further expansion of the restaurants there.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee added his voice on Thursday, saying the closest Chick-fil-A to his city is 40 miles away and “I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.”

Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum tweeted on Saturday that he was "fueling up" at Chick-fil-A before a rally for tea party favorite Ted Cruz, who is also running in the primary for Hutchinson’s seat.

And more than 457,000 people signed up on Facebook to eat at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday after Mike Huckabee declared Aug. 1 "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day," according to ABC News.

Joining the Boston and Chicago mayors on Friday was Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who, in a tweet, called Chick-fil-A's food "hate chicken," ABC News reported.

"Given my longstanding strong support for LGBT rights & marriage equality, I would not support #hatechicken," Gray tweeted.

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