Local Tea Partier Gina Loudon on The Daily Showa few months ago.
From the uber-conservative local lady that brought you the Buycott of Whole Foods
last fall (then went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
to chat about it):
The St. Louis Tea Party
's Gina Loudon
is showing solidarity with Arizonans and their controversial new immigration law
(a.k.a., SB 1070) by urging folks across America to buy goods and services coming out of the Grand Canyon State.
It's a move meant to counteract the recent boycott
of Arizona called for by the pro-immigration-rights camp, an economic sanction that the mayor of Phoenix says
has caused a "near economic crisis" for his city.
Loudon recently told Talking
that, so far, the AZ Buycott:
has generated "hundreds of thousands of dollars," in spending for the
companies involved, but said she hadn't yet had a chance to count the
receipts she's been sent. "The numbers are probably astounding, as soon
as I have time to add them up," she said.
companies are we talking about? Well, there's U-HAUL, Best Western and
US Airways (for those
who like moving around), and Fender Musical
Instruments, PetSmart, GoDaddy.com, and Cold Stone Creamery (for those who like music, dogs, domain names and obesity).
To confuse matters, Gustavo
, our newspaper chain's "Ask a Mexican" columnist, is also encouraging
an Arizona buycott, but for businesses he considers
pro-immigrant-rights, such as the Tuscon Weekly
and our sister paper, Phoenix New Times
September, Loudon organized a different
of Whole Foods, after that company's CEO John
penned an op-ed
in The Wall Street Journal
that warned against government
intrusion in our health care system (and totally freaked out
progressives in the process). The Daily Show
's Wyatt Cenac
pilloried both sides in the segment linked here