After watching Delta Air Lines get fileted for claiming credit for parts of the Georgia voting bill before coming out against it after it had already passed, American Airlines tried to get ahead of things by coming out against Texas voting reform legislation though in the airline’s statement they never identified anything specific in the bill they had a problem with. American even offered their best ‘good people on both sides’ nod to “ballot integrity and security.”
Nonetheless they’ve drawn the wrath of Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick who reports that American’s head of government relations admitted neither he nor CEO Doug Parker had actually read the bill they oppose.
I am stunned that American Airlines would put out a statement saying ‘we are strongly opposed to this bill’ just minutes after their government relations representative called my office and admitted that neither he nor the American Airlines CEO had actually read the legislation.
Patrick should have ended there. Instead continues in his statement to yell at the Skyview 8 kids to get off his lawn.
By the way, this is the same American Airlines that in 2017 led the fight to try to force us to allow boys to play girls sports in Texas and take away their scholarships. They are probably still fighting for that today and it is likely they have not read Senate Bill 29 either.
American can hardly be faulted – they are surely less interested in the specifics of the bill than being on the right side of public opinion. People don’t read legislation before deciding whether they favor or oppose it. Members of Congress don’t even do that.