Jack Burkman has put out a press release, describing himself as a “powerful right wing DC lobbyist,” announcing a boycott of the St. Louis Rams for drafting Michael Sam and Visa for signing him to an endorsement deal. And he’s going to “unleash” it on those companies.
Burkman says he unleashed powerful grassroots organizations he assembled in 27 of the 50 states which will lead the boycott efforts. And he says he has mobilized a coalition of evangelical Christian leaders from across the nation to join the boycott.
“Visa and the Rams will learn that when you trample the Christian community and Christian values, there will be a terrible financial price to pay,” says Burkman. “Openly gay football players send a terrible message to our youth about morality. Somebody needs to step up because the moral fiber of the nation is eroding.”In the boycott he’s leading against Visa, Burkman says he is urging the public to sell Visa stock they may own and to stop using Visa cards.
Burkman says he is also urging Rams fans to not buy team merchandise and is calling on season ticket holders to stay away from games.
Let me make a prediction: This will fail like almost every other right wing boycott does. Burkman is just trying to get business for his lobbying firm. If it was really as powerful as he thinks it is, he wouldn’t have to resort to such embarrassing public posturing.