Thursday, April 1, 2021
Atlanta-based Delta Airlines is taking it from all sides for its latest jump into politics, specifically the company's stand against the new Georgia voting law. Its experience could be a lesson for CEOs who pander to political activists.
The issue blew up Wednesday when Delta chief Ed Bastian issued a statement declaring that Georgia's new law is "unacceptable." "I want the entire Delta family to know that we stand together in our commitment to protect and facilitate your precious right to vote," Bastian wrote. "I need to make it crystal clear that the final bill is unacceptable and does not match Delta's values."
A lot of the reaction could be characterized as: Who asked him? Why is an airline executive -- speaking for his entire company -- jumping into electoral politics in Georgia or any other state? Shouldn't Delta focus on, say, flying?