It is no secret that Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) loves his hamburgers. Now, Florida is rumored to be courting In-N-Out Burger to Florida over the Draconian vaccine passport mandates in California.
After In-N-Out Burger closed several locations in California as a direct result of the vaccine passport mandates, rumors have circulated that the closings are due to the newly implemented vaccine passports by the California state government.
Just today, Press Secretary Christina Pushaw confirmed a phone call that DeSantis had with the In-N-Out Burger President, saying that "the suppliers of all their ingredients are on the West Coast. Of course, Florida also has some of the highest quality farms and cattle ranches in the country, and the governor discussed this with the president of In-n-Out."
"As the President of In-n-Out explained to Governor DeSantis, the suppliers of all their ingredients are on the West Coast. Of course, Florida also has some of the highest quality farms and cattle ranches in the country, and the governor discussed this with the president of In-n-Out. If they can identify suppliers for all their ingredients here, which we believe is possible, In-n-out could expand to Florida," said Pushaw. Governor DeSantis is willing to help with this and would welcome this great company to Florida, the best state to do business, where freedom has a home."
It is very likely that Florida will be able to provide these same ingredients to In-N-Out Burger, signaling a move to Florida is more than just possible for the West Coast company.
If the move happens, it doesn't necessarily mean that the entire company gets up and leaves, and potentially brings more jobs to Florida and further increase Republican ammo for their argument of opening the economy back up.
The talks come just in time for the Florida special session slated in one week.