After the executive chairman’s huge donations to a far-right politician were revealed, calls to boycott Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls and Bread are spreading across the country.
Jim Martin, the executive chair and previous president of Martin’s gave more than $100,000 to Pennsylvania GOP governor candidate Doug Mastriano in 2021 – a far-right politician favored by former President Donald Trump and who has aided Trump’s election fraud accusations. Mastriano was also seen outside the US Capitol on the day of the insurgency, January 6, 2021, and was questioned by the FBI about his involvement in the events last year. He has been vocal about his support and prediction of the victory for Donald Trump in 2020. Mastriano is presently a Pennsylvania state senator. He was a driving force behind the de-authorization of Pennsylvania voting machines following the 2020 elections.
He’s also suspected of trying to persuade lawmakers to disregard the results of the state election in favor of appointing his own winner. After the tragic occurrence at Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School, Mastriano re-posted a video of himself equating gun regulations to Nazi Germany.
Who is Jim Martin?
Lloyd and Lois Martin launched Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe in 1955. According to the website, “We are a bread and roll company committed to great flavor, quality, and customer service, and we are proud of our heritage of unforgettable dining experiences.”
Martin’s Potato Rolls are notably used by fast-food business Shake Shack for its burgers in all of its locations. A spokeswoman for the company addressed the matter in a statement to CNN but did not say if it would join the boycott.
Martin’s is aware of the issue, according to a corporate spokeswoman, who also stated that the firm does not advocate any one point of view