A Havre Hooray for Chick-Fil-A

Who says Republicans don’t know how to bring business to Montana?

The Republicans on the Havre city council have joined together and sent the following letter to the CEO of the Chick-Fil-A company, asking him to consider opening a franchise in Havre.

 August 7,2012 

Mr. Dan Cathy

Chief Executive Officer


5200 Buffington Road

Atlanta, GA 30349


Dear Mr. Cathy,


Greetings from the elected leaders of the City of Havre Montana. We would like to extend an invitation to you to explore the possibility of opening your first Montana restaurant in our great city. Havre is a friendly place with many hardworking citizens, which would be a perfect fit for your company and its Operators.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards and thank you for your time,


Brian Barrows                      Rick Dow

Councilman                         Councilman

Andrew Brekke                     Robert Kaftan

Council President                       Councilman


The letter has an amusing tone, sort of like a 9-year-old writing to Santa Claus.

With this type of opportunity presenting itself, it is clear that Chick-Fil-A made a very shrewd business decision in opposing gay marriage.  For with pockets of faithful conservative Republicans in small towns like Havre, long deprived of anti-gay-marriage fast food, Chick-Fil-A has many new opportunities.  See? Bigotry pays.

The letter also prompted a bit of local controversy.  As the Havre Daily News reports, Democrats refused to sign the letter.  And there were further protests and complaints amid dozens of comments logged underneath the article on the Daily News website.  One Havre citizen is outraged that Arby’s or Taco Bell are not also being courted, because those places are better than Chick-Fil-A.  Another Havreite disagrees, saying that he moved to Havre from Florida and Chick-Fil-A is the thing he misses most.

One council member said “We lost Wendy’s. That was an impact on our local economy so I want to bring something back in. ”  (The Wendy’s franchise was actually closed down for a food safety infraction, not by the local health department but by its own corporate parent, which found the Havre store had ran afoul of its own internal food safety standards, including using expired food products.)

In other Montana Chick-Fil-A news, TEA Party Republican David Howard has revealed that he went all the way to Texas to show his support for an anti-gay fast food chain.  The other thing he revealed? He’s an even poorer fit to represent Montanans in the legislature than we thought.

Montana legislator David Howard R-Park City at a Texas Chick fil A



45 Comments on "A Havre Hooray for Chick-Fil-A"

  1. There’s bringing business to Montana, and there’s giving Montana the business. This initiative falls into the latter category.

  2. Not only is it apparent that this bunch doesn’t have much to dsay about the virtues of Havre, there is also considerable chatter fro irked local business owners, who the commissioners haven’t lifted a finger to promote.

  3. This letter is beyond embarrassing. Just the kind of thing a large corporation throws into the “circular file” under the desk on a daily basis.

  4. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 13, 2012 5:44 AM at 5:44 AM |

    Havre, Montana, home of the world famous BIGOT Burger! Hey, big fat ol’ bigots gotta eat TOO ya know! And the Bigot Burger is just right for these boys! No siree! They ain’t into hotdogs. No wienies inserted into a big fat ol’ bun for THESE macho men! Leastwise not in public!!!

    (what’s that sound? sounds like toe tappin’. could it be? maybe, who knows? bwhahahahaa!)

    Pubbies, STILL dumber than dogshit and proud of it!

  5. The mayor and the Democrats did not sign this. So it seems a little disingenuous of these letter writers to claim this letter is from “the elected leaders” of Havre.

    Also, you can see from the comments that most people thought this was a ridiculous action to take, for a variety of reasons. That this was pandering to bigotry, that these council members never promote local businesses, that fast food jobs aren’t the kind of jobs Havre needs….and so on.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | August 13, 2012 7:59 AM at 7:59 AM |

      I know that Andy’s gone, but no one did it better than he. So, one more time for old time’s sake, in your best nasaly Andy Rooney voice, repeat after me:

      “Didja ever notice how the biggest homophobes are also the biggest closet homos?”


      Havre pubbies. What a joke!

  6. These council members and their bargian basement intellects are an embarrassment to Havre and to Montana. We dint need active recruitment of bigots to Montana. With repubs like this we’ve got a surplus already. This letter is a joke too.

  7. “Mr. Cathy”? Is that his real name or his drag-queen name?

  8. What a sham, when people decide to eat according to the political aspirations.

    The CEO Guy for Chick-Fil-a has a right to his own Opinion. But when he goes as far as to Brand his food as Christian and anti-gay, then I cant eat there because I am an American. My Belief as an American is that everybody has a right to equal treatment under the Law.

    Freedom of Religion also means Freedom from Religion.

    I would in my opinion, be amiss to eat where people I treat as equals cannot Go! Thats Un-American!

  9. The odds of this happening are zero to none. These teabaggers just wanted to try to get on Faux News. Pathetic. Do your jobs and stop begging Fox to pay attention to you nobodies!

  10. Ive got to ask a question here, I just had another birthday, and yet I dont understand city governments at all. And this comes from a man who’s grandfather and great grandfather were small town mayor’s. Ok they have time to write to chickfilla, like a 9yr old writes to Santa Claus, yet they dont have time to deal with pot holes and dog poop? Which is the job of a city government and is why there is no way in hell Im ever going to be a mayor. Then the creepy state legislator, first what was he doing in Texas, did he get a job with his buddy Jimmy Knox? Btw hope Jimmy is still getting his health benifits from the citizens of Montana, cause he is doing an amazing job representing his constituancy while being in Texas for half the term. Then he went out and bought some chicken, and took a picture, I bet Jesus was impressed.

  11. Also how did the creepy guy get elected in the first place? Granted it was 2010, and election day become Tea Party Tuesday, but still, a guy that creepy? I mean what the goath chick from Columbus was not avalible? Or the town ax murderer, or pedophiel?

  12. The CEO Guy for Chick-Fil-a has a right to his own Opinion. But

    Norma, I’m not certain you thought that through completely. Mr. Cathy’s expressions of his opinion are just as ‘American’ as your decision not to eat one of his chicken sandwiches. And though I’m as up for a good outragasm as the next person, a little perspective is helpful. No one been banned from Chick-Fil-A. I believe you put it “where people I treat as equals cannot Go!” Since this whole affair has been mostly media driven, I suggest that escalating it with exaggeration is not helpful.

    What is relatively un-American are elected officials deliberately spitting on any constituents just for media attention. They were also pretty cowardly about it. If they any courage, they’d just buy a billboard that says: “Havre. We dislike gays more than ‘those other places'”. I’d bet they’d get their faces on FAUX news then.

    • Without going completely into a “Reasonable person Standard” thesis Rob….

      Any person in society who exercises average care, skill, and judgment in conduct, wouldn’t go where they would not be welcomed, or liked.
      They would not try to buy Fast food where they know they could be harassed. So basically being a reasonable person, they wouldn’t go were they could be harmed.

      So, Reasonable people, and people who are Reasonable Gays, would not go were their safety is put in jeopardy! Just saying

      Chick-fil-a ….By making those Hateful statements, creates an atmosphere of hate, not one of Christianity. Bigots flock to his Restaurants, so they can eat Supposedly “Gay Free.”

      I won’t do business in a place of such anger.

  13. These fools are too stupid to realize that what his letter actually says is “Attention CEOs and entrepreneurs, Don’t come to Montana. We have elected a bunch of low IQ bigots to run our towns.”

  14. Corpus Christy (sic)? THAT’s a drag queen name.

  15. Drunks for Denny | August 14, 2012 9:02 AM at 9:02 AM |

    Cue up the Everly Brothers…..

    “There he goes……that’s Cathy’s clown”

  16. In the case of Chick-Fil-A, Havre CAN Have It.

    • And they can keep it too. That place is nasty anyway.

      • Well, that comment certainly didn’t land as intended.

        At many of the websites I’ve been reading concerning this kerfuffle, a lot of folks have said that Chick-Fil-A sandwiches are really good. I’d love to find out, but there are none in Montana, and I wouldn’t eat there if there were. Fortunately, I can find a recipe to cook my own awesome chicken sandwich.

        I can make the Chick-Fil-Gay.

        • What I had intended (so poorly) to do is to use the “Havre Has It” slogan to mock Chick-Fil-A. As in “they can have it.[Chick-fil-A) I did not intend to past the town of Havre, which is quite nice for the most part, as “nasty.” Sorry people of Havre!

  17. Peace be with you, Montana: yer in big trouble. For those of you who believe in praying for rain: get on it. NWS.

  18. LOL! Small town political intrigue. This is hilarious.

  19. This letter combined support for free speech with potential business development.

    Is it okay for mayors such as Menino-Boston and Emanuel-Chicago to unilaterally issue decrees telling Chik-fil-A that they are not welcome in their respective cities, but inviting this business is bad? That does not seem to be principled and consistent policy position.

    Chik-fil-A does not discriminate against employees or customers based on sexual orientation. Dan Cathy just expressed his opinion that marriage is between one man and one woman. The same opinion that was upheld in 2004 by the citizens of Montana. The same opinion as candidate Senator Obama had in 2008. It is the same opinion that Montana’s two Senators also share.

    “Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too.” -François-Marie Arouet AKA the French philospher, Voltaire.

    Thank you for pondering these points.

    Best regards,

    Rick Dow
    Havre City Council

    • Dear Mr. Dow – A couple of points. I was unable to find on the internet any record of your support for free speech in the past. Was it anti-gay speech that fueled your sudden interest?

      Also, why make no mention of free speech in your letter if this was your reason for writing it. Thanks for your prompt response.

    • I think, Lisa that this is the last we’ll see of that guy.

  20. Lisa O’Conner, thank you for including an honorific. I would like to reciprocate, please let me know if you prefer Miss, Ms., or Mrs.

    Your queries are also appreciated. May I suggest that my appreciation for freedom of speech should be self-evident because I have posted on this blog and opened myself up to snarky comments from people such as Dan T.? I respectfully don’t agree with your premise. As stated in their company policy, Chik-fil-A does not discriminate based on sexual orientation. This is not an “anti-gay” issue.

    I wrote a guest column that appeared in the Havre Daily News on October 15,2009. It was in response to Peter Shea’s column from a prior week. Peter sent me a letter of thanks for it.

    Based on your second question assumptions Mayor Emanuel and Mayor Menino do not believe in freedom of speech. We wanted to keep the letter short and to the point.

    Thank you for keeping this discussion civil. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

    Best regards,

    • Um everyone knows the preferred honorific for a woman for whom you don’t know their marital status ( and it’s certainly non of your business) is Ms. Welcome to the 20th century Mr. Dow –we hope soon you’ll join us I’m the 21st.

  21. Looks like you have been channeling VP Joe Biden with your “20th century remark,” Havre Voter. I still am unable to decipher: “…I’m the 21st.”

    She was respectful and civil and I was acting likewise. I was asking Lisa O’Conner her preference. “Preferred” as you say.

    It is sad that some people use the veil of anonymity to be less polite and civil than they would be as themselves using their real name and identity.

    Hopefully we won’t again be sidetracked.

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