Mayor E. Ben Zahn From Kenner, Louisiana is an Idiot
Mayor E. Ben Zahn, the mayor of Kenner, a city in Louisiana, in order to gain some misguided popularity, has banned the purchase of Nike products by booster clubs that use the city’s recreation facilities. And I know this may come as a shocker, but he’s white, Catholic, and a Republican. What are the odds? I don’t foresee a second term for the Mayor.
Way to go Mayor, instead of trying to use this as an opportunity to educate minors on the First Amendment and making responsible choices, you shoved your ridiculous political ideology down their throats.
Like I keep saying, people love the First Amendment until they disagree with how others use it and then they take steps to restrict it. Just look at President Trump who has abused the First Amendment more than anyone else.
I won’t even bother with the discussion that maybe Nike provides merchandise cheaper, so to cut off his nose to spite his political face, Mayor E. Ben Zahn III would rather waste taxpayer dollars instead.
The letter from Mayor Zhan to Chad Pitfield from the office of Director of Parks and Recreation read:
“Effective immediately all purchases made by any booster club operating at any Kenner Recreation Facility for wearing apparel, shoes, athletic equipment, and/or any athletic product must be approved by the Director of Parks and Recreation, or his designee. Under no circumstances will any Nike product or any product with the Nike logo be purchased for use or delivery at any City of Kenner recreation facility.”
Meanwhile I bet you the Mayor has a closet full of Nikes. What is he going to do if his kids give him for Christmas a pair of Nike’s? Hypocrite.
Of course, realizing he writes before he thinks, he had to “explain” his decision. Idiot.
In his new statement, Zahn said he didn’t want to use taxpayer dollars for a “political campaign,” but, I guess using kids for your Republican political message is okay.
Zahn’s new message is seen below.
Private, for-profit companies have every right to advertise how they wish, even if it means using advertising to promote corporate political beliefs. Individuals also have every right to support or oppose any company or brand for any reason. Those freedoms should never be lost.
I applaud Nike’s message of inclusion and encouragement for everyone to be their best and dream big. But I also recognize that Nike, in its zeal to sell shoes, chose to promote and sell a political message.
In Kenner, like every city, our citizens and our taxpayers cover a wide spectrum of political philosophies and agendas. We must respect all of those agendas and philosophies. So, when a company uses its advertising as its own political megaphone, government should be fair to all of its people and not allow taxpayer dollars to be used to help that company push its own political agenda.
My decision is only to protect taxpayer dollars from being used in a political campaign. Some have asked if people will be allowed to wear Nike apparel on city playgrounds. The answer to that is … of course.
My internal memo draws the line on letting companies profit from taxpayers by espousing political beliefs. My decision disallowing Nike from profiting from our taxpayers while they are using their powerful voice as a political tool is my message. This government will not let taxpayer dollars be used to promote a company’s or individual’s political position, platform or principle. That’s my position as a matter of fairness to all.
Is there not more pressing business in the city of Kenner to worry about?
Tell you what- let the good Mayor know how the First Amendment works.
Mayor E. “Ben” Zahn III
1801 Williams Boulevard
Building B, Suite 200
Kenner, Louisiana 70062
Telephone: (504) 468-7206
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.