Monday, 5 April 2021

Georgia Republicans want Coca-Cola products removed from their offices after CEO criticizes new voting law

 A group of Republican legislators in Georgia want Coca-Cola products removed from their offices after the company's CEO criticized the new election reforms signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp (R).


In a letter addressed to Kevin Perry, the president and CEO of the Georgia Beverage Association, eight lawmakers from the state House on Saturday accused the Coca-Cola company of spreading misinformation about Georgia elections law and caving to "out of control cancel culture."

"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," the lawmakers wrote. "We have the responsibility to all of Georgia not to engage in those misguided intentions nor continue to support corporations who choose to."

The letter was signed by GOP state Reps. Victor Anderson, Clint Crowe, Matt Barton, Jason Ridley, Lauren McDonald III, Stan Gunter, Dewayne Hill, and Marcus Wiedower.

On March 25, Gov. Kemp signed a sweeping election reform bill into law that would require absentee ballots to be verified with a photo ID and expand early voting for primary and general elections, among other changes. Democrats including President Joe Biden and failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams have claimed the new law will make it harder for people to vote, particularly minorities and working-class Georgians. Biden falsely claimed that the new law "ends voting hours early so working people can't cast their vote after their shift is over," a claim refuted by experts who note the law does not change Election Day voting hours and actually expands opportunities to vote early.

Republicans have also faced backlash over the law from several corporations, including Coca-Cola, and prominently the Major League Baseball Association, which pulled its All-Star Game out of the state because of the new law.

Last week, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincy told CNBC the law was "unacceptable." He released a statement on behalf of the Coca-Cola Company "to be crystal clear and state unambiguously that we are disappointed in the outcome of the Georgia voting legislation."

Quincy asserted that some measures of the bill "would diminish or deter access to voting."

"Given Coke's choice to cave 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." the lawmakers wrote in response. "Should Coke chose to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in the dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship."

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