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Jim Kenney's Chick-Fil-A Hate Signals Mayoral Intentions

Is Jim Kenney shooting for Mayor?
Is Jim Kenney shooting for Mayor?
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Councilman Jim Kenney lowered the boom on Chick-Fil-A for their stance on gay marriage, sending a strongly-worded letter, stating: "There is no place for this type of hate in our great City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection." Kenney followed up the letter by stating his plan to bring about a resolution at the next City Council meeting "condemning you and your company for this expression of intolerance and hate."

What Kenney fails to mention is that of the 7 Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Philly, one of them is located in the Philly International Airport, and on a month-to-month lease. Basically, in this instance, the City of Philadelphia is a landlord for Chick-Fil-A.

Most Constitutional defenders (in this case, even the ACLU), agree that local government blocking businesses for supporting anti-LGBT is an open and shut discrimination case. So, what's Kenney trying to accomplish with this letter?

One source, who wished to remain anonymous, said this is a clear setup for a run at the mayor's office in the next election.

"Getting the support of the LGBT community in Philadelphia is a huge deal, and this is obviously what he's planning," they said. "And for an at-large councilman that's won three times already, he's going to be a serious candidate. I think it's just a show for his inevitable campaign to become the next mayor."

· Jim Kenney Slams Chick-Fil-A, But Happy to Cash Their Check [Daily News]
· All Chick-Fil-A Coverage [~EN~]