After Delta’s snub, airline invited to fly HQ north to New York

There were threats of boycotts, threats of legal action - and threats to lure Delta Air Lines away from Atlanta.

The decision by Delta Air Lines to cut ties with the National Rifle Association prompted outrage from conservatives. 

The vow by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and other Georgia Senate leaders to block a lucrative tax break for the Atlanta-based airline infuriated liberals.

But the most viral response might be from Cagle’s counterpart in New York, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. She suggested the airline move its headquarters north “to where you’re appreciated.” (The air carrier isn’t going anywhere; it recently signed a 20-year lease to remain in Atlanta’s airport.)

Read more: Why Delta tax break could be grounded 

Here’s a closer look at some of the reactions:

U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Monroe:

“I’m not flying Delta ‘till they get it fixed,” he said, adding praise for the state Senate. “I take my hat off to ‘em. I’m glad the state Legislature’s taking a stand for our Second Amendment and I look forward to when Delta changes their policy.”

Andrea Young, head of the ACLU of Georgia: 

"Politicians should not use taxpayer dollars to impose ideological litmus tests and punish organizations that express views that politicians dislike. Amazon should take note." 

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga:

“There’s no reason to pick a fight, except to say I have great respect for Delta as a company and a provider of transportation and I respect the decisions of the General Assembly when they make decisions regarding the operation of the state and the tax system.”

Stacey Abrams, Democratic candidate for governor:

“I applaud Delta’s decision to listen to feedback from its customers and reject NRA extremism that has prevented commonsense reform for too long. Our obligation is clear: reduce the risk of gun homicide and suicide in Georgia.”

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La: 

“Look, these are private entities. They can do what they want, so long as it’s legal. I think it’s silly. I don’t think the NRA is the cause of what happened in Florida, but if that’s what they want to do that’s their right.” 

Stacey Evans, Democratic candidate for governor:

Casey Cagle once again confirms he puts ideology ahead of Georgians & Georgia's economy. First, he risks Atlanta's Amazon bid by signing a pledge to support the right to discriminate. Now, he threatens Delta, one of Georgia's great companies. Georgia deserves better.”

U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville:

“I thought it was an incredibly dumb move Delta’s part because they’re going after NRA members. The NRA had nothing to do with that shooting at all … It made no sense to me, especially since they have a big bill before the Georgia Senate right now. I just don’t understand what Delta was thinking.” 

State Sen. Jen Jordan, D-Atlanta:

“Per Citizen’s United, Delta has right to free speech. What Delta did re: NRA is speech. If tax breaks pulled, GA would be punishing Delta for exercise of its constitutional rights. State can’t do this. Tweet could be evidence of bad intent.”

 

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