House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi isn't taking her orders from some chicken-lovin' cow.
When Pelosi was asked about her stance on various local politicians taking steps to ban Chick-Fil-A from their districts, she said with a laugh "I think what I tweeted was, 'I'm a Kentucky Fried Chicken fan.'" She then added, "I believe in the freedom of expression."
Chick-fil-A has come under national scrutiny after the company's president and COO, Dan Cathy, stated his support of "traditional" marriage in an interview. Several mayors, including those in Chicago, Boston and San Francisco have publicly taken steps to try and keep the fast food restaurant out of their city's borders.
The question came the day after many conservatives flocked to Chick-fil-A restaurants for what was billed, by the restaurant's fans, as "Chick-fil-A Day." Congressional Republicans catered their weekly lunch with Chick-fil-A and several representatives held staff lunches with chicken for all. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, tweeted a photo of Chick-fil-A sandwiches lined up in front of large jugs of iced tea, as did Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala.
Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., graced the congressional women's Bible study group with Chick-Fil-A breakfast. A photo on Facebook shows her holding a tray of Chick-fil-A breakfast sandwiches, which was shared by 104 people.
Rep. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., was so proud of meeting the Chick-fil-A mascot that he Tweeted a photo from Flickr, saying "Meeting the #ChickFilA cow is as good as it gets." Earlier in the day, Graham revealed that his typical order was the "#1 combo with slaw and a Coke Zero. Can't beat it."
For the most part, Democratic representatives stayed mum throughout the day. Rep. Barney Frank, the only openly gay member of Congress, told the Washington Times today that "I think it's entirely legitimate for individuals to say, 'I don't want to eat there,'" but also "I don't think government should discriminate against Chick-fil- A because of the views of the owner." Other Dems have expressed similar points of view.
(And this is actually what Pelosi tweeted:)
For the record, I prefer Kentucky Fried Chicken.-- Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 27, 2012
Correction: The original post misspelled Rep. Robert Aderholt's name. We regret the error.
Photo: Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy (shown cutting the cake), his son President and COO Dan Cathy (on Truett's left), and the "Eat Mor Chikin" Cows celebrate Chick-fil-A's 40th anniversary in 2007. (PRNewsFoto/Chick-fil-A)