Republican lawmakers in Georgia have asked Coca-Cola to remove its products from the statehouse after its CEO attacked Georgia’s recently passed election integrity bill.
“Coca-Cola Company has been one of Georgia’s most successful companies,” started the letter. “We, as members, have enjoyed partnering with Coke to make Georgia the #1 Sate in which to do business and our relationship has been built on respect, transparency, and honesty.”
“Unfortunately, upon the passage of the ‘Election Integrity Act of 2021’, 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,” continued the letter. “We have the responsibility to all of Georgia to not engage in those misguided intentions nor continue to support corporations who choose t. SB 202 expands early voting opportunities, provides for a pathway to ensure shorter voting lines, secures the use of drop boxes which otherwise would be illegal, as well as several other provisions allowing all Georgians greater access to fast, secure and transparent elections.”
“Given Coke’s choice to cace 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,” said the letter. “Should Coke [choose] to read the bill, share its true intentions and accept their role in dissemination of mistruths, we would welcome a conversation to rebuild a working relationship.”
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey called the bill “unacceptable” and “a step backwards.”
“Let me be crystal clear and unequivocal, this legislation is unacceptable, it is a step backward and it does not promote principles we have stood for in Georgia, around broad access to voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity, and this is frankly just a step backwards,” said Quincey.