A group of House Republicans will soon be in possession of a secret weapon to help attract bloggers and journalists to their Wednesday event at the Rayburn House Office Building: Chick-fil-A.
A press release sent out recently touts “Conversations with Conservatives” as a chance for the media to discuss “the most important issues of the day” with Republican members of Congress, including the group’s chairmen, Reps. Raul Labrador (Idaho), Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) and Jeff Landry (La.).
But discourse isn’t the only thing attendees will get at the lunchtime happening. The note points out in highlighted and bold letters: “Chick-fil-A will be served.” Well, hot dog!
The Southern fast-food chain, known for its plethora of poultry, has but a single eatery in all of Washington, at the Catholic University campus.
We asked Karen Steward, who serves as communications director for Huelskamp and distributed the press release, whether conservatives have a particular affinity for Chick-fil-A. While saying she “can’t speak for all conservatives” Steward told us, “I think the fact that they’re offering lunch is a draw for anyone.”
Steward added, “We’d love to have as many people there as possible. There are competing priorities for attending an event and eating lunch.”