MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There has been plenty of drama following Delta Air Lines’ decision to end its discount program for NRA members – and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is trying to take advantage of the situation.
In a pun-filled tweet Monday, Frey indirectly suggested that Delta Air Lines move its headquarters to MSP Airport, saying the airline should “check into a city that DOESN’T cater to the @NRA. I’ll be that you won’t want to leave.”READ MORE: Power Outage Causes Delays For Delta Passengers At MSP Airport
Frey’s tweet is a response to Georgia’s Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle threatening to “kill” any tax legislation that benefits Delta until it reinstates its relationship with the NRA.
Delta’s decision to end a discount for NRA members is part of the latest fallout from the deadly school shooting in Florida.READ MORE: As Health Agencies Consider More Boosters, Minn. Leaders Pitch Vaccines To Kids, Parents
More than a dozen companies, including Metlife, Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Best Western, Wyndham and United Airlines have ended NRA partnerships since the school shooting.
Cagle’s comments come as Delta, one of the Georgia’s largest employers, appeared close to convincing lawmakers to restore the $50 million sales tax exemption on jet fuel. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta would be the prime beneficiary of the tax cut.
Cagle was not alone in his push to punish the airline, and the issue appeared poised to become part of the upcoming gubernatorial race in the gun-friendly state.MORE NEWS: Hopkins Police Investigating Fatal Shooting At Apartment Building
Sen. Michael Williams, another Republican candidate for governor who had opposed the Delta tax cut before the NRA controversy, praised Cagle’s statement, saying his political rival “is feeling the pressure that we are putting on him.”