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Georgia Lt. Gov. threatens Delta after NRA decision

Published: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 6:22 PM
By: WSBTV.com

Delta's decision to cut marketing ties with the National Rifle Association has prompted some Georgia Republican lawmakers to question whether the Atlanta-based airline should get a tax cut on jet fuel.

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At least three GOP candidates for governor recently condemned Delta for joining more than a dozen U.S. corporations that have ended partnerships with the NRA after a deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle took to Twitter Monday to voice his displeasure with Delta’s decision. 

“Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back,” Cagle said.

The news comes as Delta appeared close to convincing lawmakers to restore a lucrative sales tax exemption on jet fuel.

That proposal is part of Gov. Nathan Deal's larger tax overhaul, which has passed the House and awaits Senate input.

Delta said in a news release that the company's decision "merely confirmed its neutral status" in the national debate over guns.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.