GOP wants Chick-fil-A to open in Southern Brooklyn

We want a Chick-fil-A in Brooklyn, Republican leader says

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Chick-fil-A, the fast food chicken restaurant chain whose chief executive officer came out against gay marriage should open in Southern Brooklyn, according to a borough Republican leader who said he can’t wait to chow down on one of the franchise’s signature sandwiches in the borough.

Russell Gallo, president of the Brooklyn Young Republicans, sent a letter to Chick-fil-A head Dan Cathy last week, claiming that one of his restaurants would do well in neighborhoods like Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay.

“We would definitely welcome your business and the jobs and revenue it would create,” Russell wrote in his letter to the Cathy, who is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. “I look forward to enjoying a Chick-fil-A Sandwich in Brooklyn sometime in the near future!”

Cathy grabbed headlines last week when he came out against gay marriage, claiming that he and his company were “very much supportive of the biblical definition of a family unit.”

The statement created a firestorm of both controversy: upon hearing the comments, Council Speaker Christine Quinn called on New York University, where the only Chick-fil-A in the city is located, to cut ties with the fast-food chain because of its discriminatory views. At the same time, hundreds of diners descended on Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country last week to support Cathy’s views. In response, hundreds of gay couples, held a “kiss in” to oppose Cathy’s views at Chick-fil-As on Friday.

Mayor Bloomberg defended Cathy’s statements, claiming that opposing the restaurateur’s views “isn’t what America stands for.”

“Those people who don’t like Chick-fil-A don’t understand their rights were protected by people who took a difficult position in the past and stood by it,” Bloomberg said last week. “They stood up so everybody else would be free.”

Gallo, who will be running against Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D–Sheepshead Bay) in November, says he’s against gay marriage, but claims that he invited Cathy to open a franchise in Brooklyn to defend free speech.

“Christine Quinn wants to add political correctness to the growing list of licenses, taxes, requirements and fees already passed by democrats like Cymbrowitz that already burden our small businesses,” said Gallo. “I will not stand idly by and allow Quinn and Cymbrowitz to suppress free speech, free enterprise and job creation.”

Calls to Chick-fil-A were not successful by our breakneck midnight deadline.

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Magda from Sheepshead Bay says:
I think Chic-fil-A should start making healthier food. Monosodium glutamate; soybean oil; sodium aluminum phosphate; dimethylpolysiloxane (an anti-foaming chemical); high fructose corn syrup; ammonium sulfate; soy lecithin; sodium benzoate; polysorbate 80; yellow 5; blue 1; potassium sorbate; TBHQ and anti foaming chemicals are hardly what anyone should eat.

Wikepedia says Dimethylpolysiloxane, a type of silicone, is used in caulks and sealants and silly putty.

Look at their ingredients before you invite them to open here. Put politics, religion and sex preferences aside and look at the facts.
Aug. 6, 2012, 4:42 am
anna says:
I think ALL fast food restaurants should offer healthier food!! But I'll take a ck sandwich over McDs crappy food.
Aug. 6, 2012, 6:42 am
Duh? says:
Must not be to much going on if this is news. GOP wants a chick fil a in brooklyn......who cares
Aug. 6, 2012, 7:05 am
Marie says:
Mr. Cathy expressed a personal belief he had and should not be punished by politicians and the media because of that. How do these politicians believe they have the right to order the closing of businesses because their owner simply exercised his first amendment right?

It is refreshing to have Russell Gallo stand up for our first amendment rights and encourage Mr. Cathy to open his chain here in Brooklyn.
Aug. 6, 2012, 9:16 am
Kenny says:
Russell Gallo's 15 minutes to end in 3...2...1...
Aug. 6, 2012, 3:46 pm
Barbara from Windsor Terrace says:
Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are NOT at issue here; this isn't a matter of government trying to deny Mr. Cathy the right to exercise those freedoms.

The issue is Mr. Cathy's donations to organizations that have a goal of denying equal rights to Americans who are gay and one whose purpose is to convert gay people into straight people, a purpose its founder now speaks out against. Mr. Cathy is free to donate to anyone he wants to, of course, and people have the right to object, of course.
Aug. 8, 2012, 6:12 pm

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