Republican lawmakers in Georgia are taking the stand-off over their newly passed election laws to the board room. After Coca Cola decried the laws, the Georgia GOP has moved to boot Coke from statehouse offices.
The letter to Coca Cola read that the “Coca-Cola Company has been one of Georgia’s most successful companies. We, as members, have enjoyed partnering with Coke to make Georgia the #1 Sate in which to do business and our relationship has been built on respect, transparency, and honesty.”
“Unfortunately,” it continues, “upon the passage of the ‘Election Integrity Act of 2021’, your company has made the conscious decision to perpetrate a national dialogue which seeks to intentionally mislead the citizens of Georgia and deepen a divide in our great State. We have the responsibility to all of Georgia to not engage in those misguided intentions nor continue to support corporations who choose t. SB 202 expands early voting opportunities, provides for 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.”
The lawmakers, Reps. Victor Anderson, Matt Barton, Cline Crowe, Stan Gunter, Dewayne Hill, Lauren Mc Donald, Jason Ridley, and Marcus Wiedower, go on to say that “Given Coke’s choice to cace to the pressure of an out of control cancel culture, we respectfully request all Coca-Cola Company products be removed from our office suite immediately. Should Coke [choose] to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship.”
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey called Georgia’s new voting laws “wrong”, “unacceptable”, and “a step backward.” However, the company seems to have no problems with China’s forced labor policies, and has even pressed Congress to not interfere with the CCP’s human rights violations.