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Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan

Bloomington's mayor says he will not consider rescinding his position on Arizona's immigration law, despite a call to do so from the Chamber of Commerce.

Bloomington’s mayor says he will not consider rescinding his position that the city will boycott products and services from Arizona following passage of that state’s new immigration law.

Last week, the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce issued a statement asking that city leaders take back a letter sent to Arizona officials explaining why Bloomington plans to stop officially funneling money to Arizona companies.  In the letter, Chamber CEO Christy Gillenwater says some 40 letters have been received saying the city will suffer economically if the boycott persists.

“It was a sad but predictable placement of profit before principle by the Chamber,” Kruzan said. “[The Chamber] got the calls.  It doesn’t mean that it’s reality.  Did the Chamber ask any one of those letter writers or callers or e-mailers — and I know some of it was e-mail because I was copied on it — ‘Where was it that you were going to shop?  What reservation was did you have that you canceled?’  They were taking based on 40 contacts among 3000 businesses in the city and making headlines out of it.”

Kruzan says of the 150 or so responses he’s received to the city’s letter, only a handful have originated locally.  Most, the mayor contends, are from a national group which supports the Arizona law and has made a point of critizing groups which do not.  Speaking on WFIU’s “Ask the Mayor,” Kruzan says he is aware of one business — a local hotel — which has had reservations for a meeting pulled because of the city’s stance.

  • Tjohns

    The Mayor of Bloomington has the right boycott anyone or business of his choosing – personally. However, as the representative of the City of Bloomington he has no right to dictate that the city will, as a whole, boycott Arizona. If this is the tract he and his administration continue to take, I know that not only will my business, but other business owners in the area have the feeling that we will boycott the City of Bloomington. Swords can cut both ways.

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