The political architect behind the “Chick-fil-A Ban”, Roberto , has lost re-election to an upstart candidate, Mario Bravo.
Roberto Treviño tried to ban fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio airport, this effort faced major pushback from almost everyone. Lovers of the chicken chain came to its defense, conservative politicians and Christians also backed them up. The effort by Roberto Treviño led to the Texas legislature passing the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill, this bill protected residents of the state from religious-persecution.
From PJ Media:
It remains unclear whether the Chick-fil-A ban played a role in the runoff. Treviño finished first in the general election on May 1, taking 44.9 percent of the vote (5,645 votes) to Bravo’s 33.6 percent (4,225 votes). Yet Bravo pulled ahead on Saturday.
While Treviño raised nearly twice as much money as Bravo in the month leading up to the runoff ($63,190 to Bravo’s $35,190), Bravo nearly matched his expenditures in the same period, spending $45,077 to Treviño’s $48,214. Bravo slammed his opponent for not helping the homeless enough. Bravo, project manager for the Environmental Defense Fund, also ran on an environmental platform. Treviño also faced criticism over his role in the Alamo redevelopment plan.
“I’m a little surprised,” Treviño admitted on Saturday. “We knew it was gonna be a close race. I thought we did well at the debates.”
Treviño spearheaded the anti-Chick-fil-A effort in 2019, arguing that “San Antonio is a city full of compassion, and we do not have room in our public facilities for a business with a legacy of anti-LGBTQ behavior.” Councilman Manny Pelaez added, “I want the first thing [a visitor to] see is a San Antonio that is welcoming and that they not see…a symbol of hate.”
While Treviño’s replacement is really not that much better than Treviño himself, it is still entertaining to see a politician lose a race after making an enemy out of a chicken restaurant.