Jack Burkman Really Wants Attention

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.

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  • eric

    Let me make a prediction: This will fail like almost every other right wing boycott does.

    No, it won’t even reach the level of fail of other boycotts. People actually boycotted stores enough to influence Dixie Chicks record sales. But not using your visa card? That call isn’t even going to produce a ripple.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Wow, this sounds huge. I am predicting there will be 10 million – 30 million people in this boycott.

  • moarscienceplz

    I have a strong reaction to this press release from Jack Burkman, and here it is: “Who the hell is Jack Burkman?”

  • Matt G

    Ooooo, *shivers*

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Maybe they’ll get a write up in the Paris Business Review.

  • cptdoom

    Michael Sam’s jersey was the #2 seller of all the people who got drafted this year, the first time that has ever happened for a non-first round pick. The damn boycott failed before they could even call for it.

  • ianeymeaney

    Meanwhile, Sam has the second-best selling rookie jersey, behind only Johnny Mansellout. That boycott is doing wonders!

    http://money.cnn.com/2014/05/12/news/companies/michael-sam-uniform/index.html?section=money_news_international

  • John Pieret

    Openly gay football players send a terrible message to our youth about morality.

    So, he’s not against gay athletes, is is only against the ones who aren’t in the closet. But lying and sneaking around to stay in the closet also send a terrible message to our youth. Oh, wait a minute …. he’s a lobbyist, isn’t he? Lying and sneaking around is his job description.

  • dingojack

    Jack who?!?

    Oh and he’s gonna organise a couple of people to not watch the local football, and I (and, more importantly, they) should care, for what reason again?

    Dingo

  • John Hinkle

    Burkman says he unleashed powerful grassroots organizations he assembled in 27 of the 50 states which will lead the boycott efforts.

    Translation: Burkman has purchased the email lists of conservative Christian organizations in 27 states, and is hellbent on squeezing every dollar he can from them. And oh yeah, there’s a gay person on some sports team.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Somebody needs to step up because the moral fiber of the nation is eroding.

    And of course “powerful DC lobbyists” have no connection with that (except virtuous opposition), amirite?

    Hypothesis: Jack Burkman does not exist, and modusoperandi has taken to sending out press releases.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1360322113 aaronbaker

    But not using your visa card? That call isn’t even going to produce a ripple.

    Definitely that, AND the demographics are shifting more and more against any successful boycott of teh Gay. What does he think this is, 2004?

  • howardhershey

    As a lobbyist I once met (for environmental causes in Indiana, talk about a losing position) had a sign in his office: “Don’t tell my mother I’m a lobbyist. She thinks I’m a piano player in a whore house.”

  • Michael Heath

    Jack Burkman:

    “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.”

    At it’s most elemental, this is merely another version of conservative Christians celebrating violence while condemning sex. And who’s pro-life?

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    I suddenly have the urge to purchase Rams merchandise.

  • magistramarla

    Somnus – I agree with you, especially since I was raised in the St. Louis area.

    And neither my hubby nor I ever watch football, or any other sport!

  • Die Anyway

    from the link: “With 25 years of experience in the bowels of Washington, Burkman maintains an impressive intelligence network made up of insiders in the highest corridors of power.”

    Somehow that sounds unsanitary, but appropriate for a lobbyist.

    Eat well, stay fit, Die Anyway

  • http://www.facebook.com/dal.bryn dalbryn

    I hear you loud and clear Burkman. I need to go out and use my Visa card to buy a Sam jersey.

  • vmanis1

    So now we know what Mr Burkman is against. He should strike a more positive pose, by telling us what he’s for, so I can go and boycott that.

  • Larry

    And he’s going to “unleash” it on those companies.

    Said from his lair in hollowed-out volcano island shaped like a skull.

    Oh, woe is us. Who will save us now?

  • Artor

    You know what ol’ Jack Burkman always says at a time like this?

    Who?

    Jack Burkman. *Me*!