…It’d be a shame if someone tried to blackmail you.
Days after Delta Air Lines announced it would strip discounted fares for National Rifle Association members, Georgia’s lieutenant governor has retaliated, vowing to kill legislation that would hand the airline a lucrative tax break.
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, a Republican who leads the State Senate, demanded that Delta, one of Georgia’s largest employers, make a choice: Stop boycotting the NRA, or watch lawmakers strike down a $50 million sales tax exemption on jet fuel, of which Delta would be the primary beneficiary.
I’m pretty sure Delta took this kind of reaction — backlash and threats of retaliation — into consideration when they ended the NRA discount, but they decided to do it anyway. Some things are more important than just customers, and the NRA right now is like Ebola.
They also know they can play this game, too, and Georgia isn’t the only state where the airline has a large presence.