They might not get the attention of groups like Wall Street and Big Oil, but as Waffle House’s Crossroads gift made clear, chain restaurants are a core part of the GOP coalition. There’s Herman Cain, formerly of Godfather’s Pizza and the National Restaurant Association, and Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino’s and the wannabe theocratic town of Ave Maria, Florida. Chick-fil-a, which closes on Sundays to observe the sabbath, gave $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2009. Wendy’s founder David Thomas was a Republican donor and frequent speaker at conservative conferences. When Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) needed a witness to talk about the Affordable Care Act’s adverse effect on businesses, he summoned Jamie Richardson, vice president of White Castle.
Cool. More reasons to never eat out.