'Hey Nike, let's talk': Governor prompts brand to consider NM
July 02, 2019 11:49 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - It looks like New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham wants Nike to consider the Land of Enchantment for a new factory.
Tripp Stelnicki, director of communications for the governor, confirms that the administration has reached out to explore a potential fit.
"We want those jobs," said Stelnicki. "It's wild that anyone would jeopardize viable employment for potentially hundreds of state residents because of some political virtue-signaling."
The potential deal comes after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered the Arizona Commerce Authority to withdraw all financial incentive dollars offered for the brand to build a factory in Goodyear, Arizona after Nike reportedly announced it would get rid of a U.S.A.-themed shoe featuring the early American flag designed by Betsy Ross.
That decision came after activist, and Nike endorser, Colin Kaepernick reportedly told the company it shouldn't sell a shoe with a symbol he and others consider "offensive."
Following the news of Arizona Gov. Ducey's decision to withdraw incentives for Nike, Gov. Lujan Grisham tweeted the company today saying "Hey @Nike, let's talk."
Sen. Martin Heinrich also weighed in via Twitter saying "We will gladly take a new @Nike manufacturing plant in New Mexico!"
Today was supposed to be a good day in Arizona, with the announcement of a major @Nike investment in Goodyear, AZ. THREAD—>— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) July 2, 2019
Updated: July 02, 2019 11:49 AM
Created: July 02, 2019 10:46 AM
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