BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - Bloomington's new boycott of the state of Arizona is creating abacklash.
Our story about the city of Bloomington's boycott of Arizonaand Arizona products produced 11 pages of comments at wishtv.com.Most of them are from people who say they will now boycottBloomington.
Greg Faulconer of Shelbyville says he used to ride hismotorcycle to Bloomington. No more. "They're gonna boycott Arizona,I'm gonna boycott Bloomington," says Faulconer. "From what I readon the Internet there's a lot of other people doing the samething."
It's hard to know what effect those actions may have onBloomington or for that matter what effect boycotts by cities mayhave on Arizona. On Indiana Week in Review there was disagreement.Jon Schwantes the host of Indiana Lawmakers said, "There must besome legitimacy to the fears of a significant impact because theMayor of Phoenix is somebody who has been basically begging hispolitical counterparts and colleagues in the state of Arizona tonot move forward with this law."
Republican Mike McDaniel responded by saying, "It has to be doneat the federal level and Bloomington doing this is not going tohave any impact on the situtation."
Nevertheless, the political statement being made in Bloomingtonis being countered around the state. "It's none of the Mayor ofBloomington's business what the governor of Arizona does," saysGreg Faulconer. "The mayor of Bloomington's not in Arizona. I'velived there and it's getting kind of rough, the crime, thejoblessness."
And now Indiana University is speaking up, too. It wants peopleto know that it is not connected to the Bloomington boycott.
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