Texas Sen. Ted Cruz writes Banks: Deny Chicago, embrace Texas

by Daniel Terrill, Guns.com  |  published on January 31, 2013

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In response to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s letter to Bank of America and TD Bank urging them to deny companies like Smith & Wesson and Ruger financial services until they embrace “commonsense” gun laws, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz distributed and shared an open letter Tuesday night to the same establishments asking them to instead deny Chicago and embrace Texas.

Dear Mssrs. Moynihan, Masrani, Debney, and Fifer:

To the CEOs of Bank of America and TD Bank Group, it has recently been reported that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent each of you letter urging that you threaten to ease transacting business with American firearm manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co.

Both of your companies do considerable business in the City of Chicago, and you may be understandably concerned that there are risks to refusing to comply with the demands of a politician who has earned the nickname, “The Godfather.”

In Texas, we have a more modest view of government.

We do not accept the notion that government officials should behave as bullies, trying to harass or pressure private companies into enlisting in a political lobbying campaign. And we subscribe to the notion, quaint in some quarters, that private companies don’t work for elected officials; elected officials work for private citizens.

In light of the reception you have received in the Windy City, please know that Texas would certainly welcome more of your business and the jobs you create. Texans value jobs and value freedom, and over 1000 people a day are moving to Texas (often from cities like Chicago), because Texas is where the jobs are.

If I can be of assistance in that regard, please do not hesitate to call.

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