In the wake of a new statewide election reform law, several major companies based in Georgia have faced calls for boycotts and pressure to relocate. Now, at least one of those companies is publicly echoing the prevailing Democratic Party stance with a statement criticizing the recently enacted election integrity measure.
The CEO of Atlanta-based Delta Airlines sharply denounced the election security law in the same week that state lawmakers advanced an amendment that could cost the company dearly, the Washington Examiner reported.
“You got to keep that in mind sometimes”
Legislators in the Georgia House of Representatives reportedly passed a bill that would take away Delta’s tax break on the purchase of jet fuel. It stands to cost the company tens of millions of dollars annually, Forbes reports.
Although the measure narrowly passed in the Georgia House of Representatives, the state’s Senate adjourned before voting on it.
“They like our public policy when we’re doing things that benefit them,” Republican Georgia House Speaker David Ralston said of Delta’s behavior, according to the Washington Examiner. “You don’t feed a dog that bites your hand. You got to keep that in mind sometimes.”
Ralston’s remarks appeared to be connected to Delta CEO Ed Bastian’s recent comments in a memo to employees regarding the Georgia election law.
“I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta’s values,” he wrote.
“Ignores the content of the new law”
Bastian’s memo went on to declare that through a combination of studying the law and discussing its possible impact on minority communities, “it’s evident that the bill includes provisions that will make it harder for many underrepresented voters, particularly Black voters, to exercise their constitutional right to elect their representatives.”
Of course, Republican proponents of the law cite its provisions as a way to prevent uncertainty surrounding the results of statewide elections.
Among the changes reportedly implemented in the legislation include a shorter runoff election cycle and expanded identification requirements for absentee ballots.
For his part, Republican Gov. Brian Kemp put out a statement in response to Bastian’s remarks insisting that the Delta CEO “ignores the content of the new law, and unfortunately continues to spread the same false attacks being repeated by partisan activists,” according to NBC News.
Despite the positive messaging from the GOP, other Georgia-based companies including Coca-Cola have similarly decried the election measure.