Alabama, New York woo Delta amid NRA-tax break fight in Georgia

A Delta airlines plane on the tarmac of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on July 14, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The airline is being solicited by other states after Georgia officials threatened a $50 million sales tax break because Delta ended a NRA discount.

ATLANTA — As a fight over a Delta tax break and the NRA rages on in Georgia, other parts of the country see opportunity.

New York’s governor and lieutenant governor and Birmingham’s mayor have swooped in with tweets wooing Delta’s headquarters, Virginia’s governor and the Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey tweeted welcome messages to Delta, and an Ohio Congressman wrote a letter of invitation Tuesday to Delta’s CEO.

.@Delta, if Georgia politicians disagree with your stand against gun violence, we invite you to move your headquarters to New York.

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 27, 2018

Hey @Delta . You know, in mathematics, Delta represents the change in something, e.g. 🔺HQ. Let’s chat. #BHM

— Randall Woodfin (@WoodfinForBham) February 27, 2018

.@Delta, as one of your most frequent flyers, know that the NY LG admires your principled stance. Let’s continue our great relationship. NY is open for business & ❤’s Delta – move HQ to where you’re appreciated?

— Kathy Hochul (@LtGovHochulNY) February 26, 2018

Hey @delta—Virginia is for lovers and airline hubs. You’re welcome here any time.

— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) February 27, 2018

Hey, @Delta – These are turbulent times. And I know that navigating them can be tough. So maybe you want to check into a city that DOESN’T cater to the @NRA. I ‘ll bet that you won’t want to leave.

— Jacob Frey (@Jacob_Frey) February 27, 2018

Their comments come after Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Monday said he would halt plans for a $50 million jet fuel sales tax exemption if Delta didn’t reinstate a discount for NRA members that it discontinuedover the weekend.

I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.

— Casey Cagle (@CaseyCagle) February 26, 2018

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, stepped up from tweeting to a press release and letter to Delta’s CEO.

Hey @Delta — Northeast Ohio would make a great HQ if you’re put off by Mr. Cagle’s authoritarian tendencies. Quality of life, infrastructure, and wonderful communities. I’d love to show you around!

— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) February 27, 2018
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