The Perspicacious Conservative shares an interesting story from over the weekend. Yesterday she, along with several other Atlanta Young Republicans, visited Atlanta fire houses delivering Valentine’s candy to firemen to honor and support their service to the city.
We divided up in teams, mostly ladies, to divide and conquer the 41 stations across the City of Atlanta. When we arrived at a station, our schpeel went a little like this:
“Hi my name is ________ and this is my friend _______ and we’re from the Atlanta Young Republicans. We just came out today to share our appreciation and deliver this bucket of Valentine’s Day candy. We are really grateful for all that you do.”
At most of the stations, this opened the door for casual conversations about how we got involved, what other stations we had already been to and general friendly conversation. A couple of the stations gave us a tour, showed us some of their equipment or shared funny stories and pictures. It was a really great opportunity to meet real public servants and make them feel appreciated. At one point, my car partner and I even discussed how much we’d like to do MORE for our local fire fighters on a regular basis because of how kind they had all been to us.
That was, until, we were turned away because of political affiliation. Apparently one of the chiefs was concerned about accepting candy from a Republican group because they did not want to appear partisan. This prompted an email to a supervisor that resulted in a city-wide candy delivery shut down.
Read the rest of the post for TPC’s reaction.
TPC said via email that the teams visiting stations further south in the city got a “less than receptive” welcome.
The “rejection” stopped distribution on our part because they said emails were circulating. A friend received an email this morning saying that pictures were not allowed and things were skating the line of being too political.
Too political? Seems to me that the “po-lit-i-cal” is coming from the City of Atlanta, not YR’s handing out candy. Rather than fostering the non-partisan image that we all hope to see in our city service departments, the City has shown it is anything but.