Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris made an unannounced stop to a Venezuelan restaurant last week in Florida, and Andres Garcia is not happy about it.
Garcia, the Amaize Latin Flavors board of directors president, said he would not have invited the campaign to visit.
Garcia said that if he had been asked to host Harris, he would have said no.
“We don’t use the company for political reasons,” he told NBC 6 after Harris’s visit.
“We are very respectful of every individual in our organization. We would never take, as an organization, a political position,” he said.
Garcia said users on Facebook threatened to boycott the business, but he didn’t want the restaurant to be used for political gain.
“With respect to our stakeholders, we wouldn’t support that. If they would ask, we would say, ‘No, we’re not going to do it,'” he added.
“Sen. Harris and Doug greatly appreciated the chance to stop by and pick up delicious arepas and talk to local Doralzuela residents,” a representative for the Biden for President Florida campaign told NBC Miami on Tuesday.
Harris, her husband, and her security stopped into the restaurant unannounced.
The restaurant owner reported seeing negative comments about Harris’s visit on social media.