Protestors take issue with Jimmy John founder's politics

Published: Jun. 18, 2010 at 5:33 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2015 at 2:26 PM MST
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Source: David Morales.
Source: David Morales.

By Brian White - email

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - A protest of less than a dozen people took place just outside a sandwich shop at University and Park Friday afternoon.

The protestors were calling for a boycott of Jimmy John's-- a business who supports Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the TucsonCitizen.com reported.

The franchise owner of the University and Park Jimmy John's says he supports the protestor's rights, but made a distinction between a franchise founder and a franchise owner.

"We are not interested in making any political statements and hope you will support small business people like us and our local employees," University and Park franchise owner Nick Schaffer said in an email.

He went on to say that the founder funneled the political contributions through another business, which do not represent the Jimmy John's on University and Park.

According to BoycottArizona1070.com, the founder of the sub retailer, James Liautaud, supported a smear campaign run by Arpaio against his opponent prior to the 2008 election.

The article alleges Liautaud funneled $10,000 from the Liautaud Development Group, LLC to the Sheriff Command Association to bolster Arapio's campaign.

Liataud has also supported McCain's campaign and contributed to the "Free and Strong America" Political Action Committee that is against immigration reform policy such as the DREAM Act, the webstie details.

According to the Tucson Citizen blog post, people shouting "go back to Mexico" were mixed with supportive horn honking.

What do you think? Does news about a restaurant supporting certain political issues matter to you? Will you continue to eat at the establishment?

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