EDITORIAL: Mayor Can’t Handle the Beer Truth
Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone was last seen leaving the country and unavailable for comment, according to a news report.
We’d like to hear more as to why the mayor wants Massachusetts residents, Red Sox fans, and global beer drinkers to boycott the Bay State’s own Sam Adams beer.
It just so happens that Jim Koch, Sam Adams founder, was invited with other CEOs to a dinner hosted by President Donald Trump. Koch, who has contributed donations to Democrat candidates and causes, attended and, according to Curtatone, made the godawful mistake of saying how the president’s tax cuts helped his business to become more competitive with global rivals.
“We need to hold these complicit profiteers of Trump’s white nationalist agenda accountable,” Curtatone tweeted Monday. “Hey Jim Koch! While you were thanking Trump for your tax break, did you happen to express any concern for the families separated under his cruel and inhumane immigation enforcement policy? @SamuelAdamsBeer”
Finally, Curtatone raged, “I will never drink Sam Adams beer again!”
The mayor must have gone off his meds.
If Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty were here, they’d be dunking the mayor in Boston Harbor.
In Curtatone’s mind, anyone who meets with the President of the United States -- more likely this president -- must be condemned and his business and employees’ livelihoods trashed.
The world is truly upside down.
Koch started Boston Beer Company from scratch in 1984. He paid the price to learn the business and develop an American crafted-beer brand -- Sam Adams. It is quite successful. Koch’s company employs 1,000 people, and competes against foreign-owned rivals who sell 85 percent of the beer consumed in the United States.
“I’m the largest American-owned brewery at 2 percent of market share. We were paying 38 percent taxes,” Koch said, “and competing against people who were paying 20. And now we have a level playing field ...”
Curtatone read of Koch’s truthful remarks at the Trump economic summit and blasted the brewer, using the Twitter hashtag #BoycottSamAdamsBeer.
Now what if we started a campaign #BoycottAssemblySquare -- located in the heart of Somerville’s business district -- just because Curtatone is an ICE-hater and Somerville is a sanctuary city?
It would be unfair on many levels, most notably to the people who could care less about Curtatone’s political biases while they’re trying to earn a living at the shopping plaza.
Curtatone has a right to express his opinion. He must beware, however, there are consequences for tweeting stupid things like attacking a decent guy (Koch) -- and his beer (Sam Adams) -- because he had a frank conversation with the president.
Mayor Curtatone, you’re irrational and a first-class chump.