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State Senator Lena Taylor urges boycotts of products from companies with Republican ties

State Senator Lena Taylor urges boycotts of products from companies with Republican ties

By Shelley Walcott. CREATED Sep 15, 2011

 

MILWAUKEE- State Senator Lena Taylor urged her more than 7,000 Facebook friends to boycott dixie cups and other paper products.

The post reads in part: "Your purchase supports destruction of democracy. Two words. Koch brothers."

The Koch brothers are well known supporters of Republican candidates. They own Georgia Pacific which produces these products in Green Bay.

The mayor of Green Bay didn't take kindly to Senator Taylor's comments:

"We're all about economic development and jobs and Georgia Pacific and we have a great relationship with them. They employ over 23-hundred people in our community," Mayor Tom Schmitt said in a phone interview.

Senator Taylor says her posting was taken out of context: "Truthfully, I never mentioned Georgia Pacific. Did I mention products? I did. Because those products are tied to individuals who have agreed to help to demolish our democracy," Senator Taylor said.

Mayor Schmitt disagrees. "This is so wrong --- that someone with a title of a state senator --- to really turn against a company that's been this good for our community."

Senator Taylor has also urged a boycott of Andy's gas station at 76th and Good Hope, a business in her own district.

Owner Anup Khullar contributed thousands of dollars to Republican candidates. Khullar is out of the country and unavailable for comment.

Senator Taylor had this to say about the call for boycotts: "When individuals support policies and people that hurt the very people who line their pockets. I think the people who are their customers need to know that."