Florida shoppers are vowing to boycott popular grocery store Publix after it donated more than a half a million dollars to a gubernatorial candidate who touts himself as a “proud NRA sellout.” Collier County Democrats are being urged to join the boycott.
Earlier this month, media first revealed the grocery chain’s $670,000 donations over the last three years to Republican candidate Adam Putnam, Florida’s current agriculture commissioner.
Putnam, who brands himself as a lifelong gun owner, opposed Gov. Rick Scott’s gun control law that was signed in the wake of February’s deadly mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school.
Putnam had said Scott’s decision to raise the age to purchase a rifle or a shotgun from 18 to 21 “destroys the family tradition of possessing and practicing safe use of firearms.” The National Rifle Association, which immediately sued to block the gun law, applauded Putnam’s stance.
Publix is Florida’s largest private employer, according to The Tampa Bay Times, and its political donations to Putnam are likely some of the largest since 1995, if not in the company’s history.
Now the #BoycottPublix petition has spread across social media.
In response to these revelations, the Collier County Democratic Party offered this statement:
“We support the boycott of Publix Supermarket and we support the thousands of Floridians who are choosing to vote with their wallets. This country desperately needs sensible gun safety regulations such as limiting the availability of assault weapons and mandatory universal background checks, including closing the gun show loophole. Secretary Putnam has no interest in pursuing these policies and Publix Supermarkets has given him 670,000 reasons to continue ignoring the problem. In addition to the need for gun safety regulations, Publix Supermarkets continues to oppose the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the Fair Food Agreement. Their refusal directly hurts thousands of Collier County residents and their families. Walmart, Subway, Burger King, and McDonalds have all signed the agreement.”