Alabama lawmaker: Shun foreign-owned convenience stores

AP News
Posted: Dec 03, 2015 5:16 PM

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's GOP chairman is distancing the party from a state representative's exhortation on Facebook to support American-owned stores and shun foreign-owned ones.

A post on Rep. Alan Harper's Facebook page Monday said foreign convenience store owners "in large part" send money to their countries of origin "to create turmoil, fear and in some cases death and destruction" in the United States.

He said convenience stores and tobacco shops with "lights around the windows and doors are not owned by God fearing Christians."

Alabama Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan said in a written statement Thursday that the comment was concerning and doesn't reflect the party's views.

The post has been removed from Harper's Facebook timeline. Multiple voice messages, an email and a text message to Harper have not been returned.