Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis is working it again.
In the last few months, Patronis, a Republican, has publicly invited the likes of Uber, Elon Musk, the New York Stock Exchange, and former President Donald Trump to move their corporate headquarters to Florida or launch start-up companies here.
Now, he’s wooing In-N-Out.
In a letter dated Oct. 21 to Lynsi Snyder, president of the popular California-based hamburger restaurant chain, Patronis wrote, “Once I heard the news of your shutdown for refusing to act as ‘vaccine police,’ I knew I had to reach out immediately.”
Patronis was referring to the fact that San Francisco city officials recently closed the company’s only restaurant in the city for defying a mandate to require patrons to show a vaccine passport.
In response to the closure, Arnie Wensinger, In-N-Out’s chief legal officer said in a statement, “We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government.”
“It is unreasonable, invasive, and unsafe to force our restaurant associates to segregate customers into those who may be served and those who may not, whether based on the documentation they carry, or any other reason.”
Patronis, in his letter, noted that he was impressed by the company’s courage in the face of this government “overreach.” He also hoped In-N-Out would inspire others to act likewise.
Then, describing himself as “pro-vaccine but anti-mandate,” Patronis added, our Governor has protected the most vulnerable, provided easy access to vital therapeutics, and led our state forward without the harsh lockdowns and mandates.”
Continuing, Patronis wrote, “In Florida, we love our business owners, entrepreneurs, and employees. We’re constantly looking for opportunities to bring businesses to our state, to create jobs and improve our communities. The business climate here is perfect, with no personal income tax, low corporate taxes, an educated workforce and a fantastic quality of life.”
“We won’t chase you out of the state like California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez did to Elon Musk when she launched vulgarities at him on Twitter. How did that work out? He immediately moved Tesla headquarters to Texas. I just wish he would’ve moved a little farther east!” Patronis added.
“As a member of the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors, the business development arm of the state, I’d be honored to introduce you to our team and help you find the perfect place to start a new In-N-Out story right here in Florida. My motto is ‘Florida is for Winners’ and I have no doubt that your team can win here in the Sunshine State where we remain free and open for business,” he concluded.
“Again, I’m impressed by your courage and your faith. My door is always open, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss this matter further.”
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