Former politician calls for boycott of local winery

By Brian Lemay 2 comments


ANNOUNCER: YOU ARE WATCHING KOAT
ACTION 7 NEWS. DOUG: A LOCAL WINERY HOSTS A
LATINOS FOR TRUMP EVENT, AND A
FORMER POLITICIAN IS CALLING FOR
A BOYCOTT. ACTION 7 NEWS REPORTER JUSTIN
MATTHEWS JOINS US LIVE FROM THE
NORTH VALLEY TO SHOW US THE
SHAKE-UP. REPORTER: A WINE DRINKER OR NOT,
MANY OF YOU HAVE COME TO THE
CASA RODENA WINERY HERE IN THE
NORTH VALLEY. BUT A FORMER LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
WANTS YOU TO STOP COMING, AND
THE WINERY’S OWNER IS FIGHTING
BACK.>>IT IS GOING TO GO ON, IT WILL
HURT US. IT WILL HURT PEOPLE’S HEARTS. IT WILL MAKE MORE DIVISIVENESS
IN THE COMMUNITY, TO WHAT END? JUSTIN: WINEMAKER AND OWNER OF
CASA RODENA JOHN CALVIN GOT A
LITTLE EMOTIONAL AFTER DIANE
DENISH, THE FORMER LIEUTENANT
GOVERNOR FOR BILL RICHARDSON,
POSTED ON FACEBOOK CALLING FOR A BOYCOTT OF HIS BUSINESS,
INITIALLY SAYING PRESIDENT TRUMP
WAS GOING TO VISIT THE WINERY
THE MORNING AFTER HIS CAMPAIGN
RALLY. THAT WASN’T TRUE, BUT THERE WERE
PEOPLE FROM THE PRESIDENT’S
CAMPAIGN AT THE WINERY ALONG
WITH ABOUT 70 PEOPLE FROM THE
GROUP LATINOS FOR TRUMP.>>IF SHE WERE TO WALK IN, I
WOULD SAY WHAT ARE YOU DOING
THIS FOR? I AM YOUR NEIGHBOR. I WAS THE GUY WHO HAD A COUPLE
OF FUNDRAISERS FOR A BULL
RICHARDSON WHEN YOU WERE WORKING
FOR HIM. JUSTIN: ALONG WITH THOSE
FUNDRAISERS, CALVIN SAYS HE
FUNDRAISES FOR SEVERAL
NON-PROFITS AND HAS HAD ABOUT
150 GAY WEDDINGS IN THE PAST TWO
DECADES.>>LET ME SAY THAT IS A FALSE
EQUIVALENCY, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE
THAT HE HAS HOSTED IT FOR, THOSE
ARE NOT PEOPLE DISPARAGING
ENTIRE CULTURES, ENTIRE
ETHNICITIES, DEMEANING IMMIGRANTS, DEMEANING WOMEN AND
HISPANICS. JUSTIN: CALVIN SAYS HE HOPES
DENISH COMES TO CASA RODENA TO
JOIN HIM FOR A GLASS OF WINE, TO
TALK ABOUT MOVING FORWARD, AND
KEEPING THIS AN INCLUSIVE SPACE. EVEN THOUGH PART OF DENISH’S
FACEBOOK POST IS PARTIALLY
INACCURATE, SHE TOLD ME SHE HAS
NO INTENTION OF EDITING THE POST
OR TAKING IT DOWN. LIVE IN THE NORTH VALLEY, JUSTIN
MATTHEWS, KOAT ACTION 7 NEWS. DOUG: CASA RODENA’S OWNER SAYS
HIS WINERY WILL CONTINUE TO BE A
SPACE FOR ANYONE IN THE
COMMUNITY TO GATHER. SHE SAYS IT IS NOT ABOUT A
DEMOCRAT VERSUS REPUBLICAN
ISSUE. SHE SAYS IT’S ABOUT SUPPORTING
THE PRESIDENT’S IDEAS. WE DID HEAR FROM LATINOS FOR
TRUMP COALITION ABOUT THE
BOYCOTT. AN ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER SAID IN
A STATEMENT, CASA RONDEÑA HAS
HOSTED EVENTS FOR GROUPS ACROSS
THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM. THEY ARE A HOMEGROWN NEW MEXICO
BUSINESS. THAT SUPPORTS THE COMMUNITY AND
WAS PAID FOR THEIR SERVICES TO
HOLD THIS EVENT. AS COMMUNITY LEADERS, WE SHOULD
BE ENCOURAGING OPEN AND CI

2 Comments

DLAnder

Sep 9, 2019, 12:29 am Reply

Who’s oppressing you? Is all that free housing, welfare, food stamps, free education, affirmative action, free attorneys etc. such a heavy load for you that you can’t bare it?

Train489 Official

Sep 9, 2019, 1:02 am Reply

Buy more vino from em

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