If liberals boycott a chicken sandwich chain over their anti-gay rights stances, conservatives call it a violation of free speech, but when a local Denver restaurant refuses to host a campaign stop for Mitt Romney, the conservative response is not only boycotts, but harassment, and even death threats.
Rosa Linda Mexican Cafe has been a Denver mainstay for over 25 years. They’ve seen their surroundings, in Northwest Denver, go from a place Denverites drive around to a place they drive to, and a place they’re proud to call home. Despite the fact that their neighborhood is currently trendy, it still has a deeply-rooted Latino feel and traditions. With Romney seriously behind with the Latino vote, it’s no surprise that he would want to have a photo-op at a community favorite.
Oscar Aguirre, the eldest son of the owners of Rosa Linda cafe, said that the restaurant was contacted by the Romney campaign back in August. The Aguirre family is Mormon, so the campaign was no doubt surprised when they were turned down.
“It was presented to us that (Romney) wanted to do a political stump here. (He wanted to) talk about our small business (and) because we share our religious views with the candidate and are Latinos it would be great for him to do a campaign stop,” Aguire said. “We did say ‘no’ because we are not Republicans, nor are we Democrats. We will welcome any sitting President of the United States. But, we did not want to be a campaign stop.”
Denver’s Westword newspaper ran a story last week on the rejection. Since then, Aguirre told 7 News in Denver that they have received false orders and even death threats.
“Two people ordered $150 worth of food for lunch to be picked up today. They called later and said, ‘Oh, you’re the one who doesn’t want Romney in your business’ and they canceled their orders, even though the food had been prepared,” he told 7 NEWS.
“Since the Westword article came out, hate mail has been coming in from people across the country — people sending us death threats and people calling us telling us we are racist — that they hope we go out of business,” he said.
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