Council Candidate Tells LGBT Group He’ll Bring Chick-Fil-A to East Oakland

OAKLAND | CITY COUNCIL | DISTRICT 6 | Michael Johnson’s campaign conceit in Oakland’s City Council District 6 race is the 12-year incumbent Desley Brooks has not brought economic vitality to East Oakland. Johnson’s jabs at Brooks on the issue have been consistent, maybe too consistent.

During an endorsement meeting for the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club Oct. 1, Johnson said, as a council member, included in his goals for bringing new business to the district, he would entice chicken sandwich restaurant Chick-Fil-A to East Oakland.

The reference, though, is extremely tone-deaf to members of the gay rights group. Chick-Fil-A is notorious in the LGBT community for its conservative stance and political contributions to groups in opposition of same-sex marriage.

In some progressive areas, the opening of a new Chick-Fil-A is often met with protesters. Johnson, however, seemed oblivious to the comment.

Needless to say, he did not receive the group’s endorsement.