Remind me that the next time I’m at an event with Jeff Reh from Beretta that I just need to go hug him and tell him he’s awesome. Hell, maybe I need to convince Sebastian to treat me to a Beretta firearm as a reward. He’d probably find that less creepy than a hug from someone he doesn’t really know at all well.
Why am I lovin’ on Beretta tonight? Because of this incredibly awesome letter Jeff Reh, Beretta’s general counsel, wrote to West Virginia officials citing the actions of Sen. Joe Manchin as the reason they will not consider any expansion into the state–an expansion that would bring with it more jobs.
In a letter to the Hardy County Rural Development Authority, Reh wrote that Beretta analyzed each state that offered the company a new home to determine its stance on Second Amendment rights.
“As a consequence of that analysis and especially due to Senator Manchin’s recent legislative choices we have decided not to consider your State for our future plans of expansion,” he wrote.
“We know that anti-gun sentiments are not shared by everyone within your State but we are looking first and foremost for a widespread and stable place of political support in any potential location.”
This is a gift to the next challenger to Sen. Manchin, and the headlines it is producing put into direct context the consequences of Manchin’s actions in Washington.