They’re good, hard-working people, but because of a story posted at Westword, and most certainly picked up by Republican websites and their bigoted readers, they have faced a barrage of threats – including death threats – after refusing to be a campaign stop for Mitt Romney.
The original story was run by Westword, Denver’s free city-happenings paper:
Because the preparation for the upcoming University of Denver debate started months ago, Oscar Aguirre got the call in early August. Aguirre is the oldest son of the family that owns Rosa Linda’s, and a member of Romney’s campaign asked Aguirre and his parents to schedule a stop from the presidential candidate.
“Both my mom and dad said no,” Aguirre says. “My parents are Mormons, which they share with him, but number one, they’re not Republican, and number two, it’s not the type of publicity or image that they want to portray. They joked to me, ‘One [candidate] wants to give money away, and the other wants to take my money, so either way, we’re screwed.’”
This is not the first time Rosa Linda’s owners have taken a political stance: In 2000, they also declined an offer from Bush supporters who wanted the then-president to visit. This time around, as Aguirre recounts on the restaurant’s Facebook page, the man who reached out told them that “since Mr. Romney is LDS as well as our parents, it would make a great platform for his election. Mom again said NO. Religion and politics don’t mix…. We were better off when Clinton was in office….”