Restaurant Owners Receive Death Threats Following Romney Refusal

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DENVER — After turning down an offer to host a Mitt Romney campaign stop, the owners of a Mexican restaurant in Denver said they’ve received death threats.

Oscar Aguirre owns Rosa Linda’s Mexican Cafe with his parents. Aguirre said Romney’s campaign reached out to them in August, partly because Aguirre’s parents are Mormon. They wanted to use Rosa Linda’s as a campaign stop prior to the first presidential debate. The Aguirre’s weren’t interested.

When the blog site, Westword, published an article about Aguirre’s parents having served President Barack Obama at catered events and offering to host him at their restaurant, Aguirre said the backlash began.

According to KDVR in Denver, Aguirre, in an attempt to clear the air, posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page stating that his family is neither Democrat or Republican.

“We will welcome any sitting President of the United States,” Aguirre wrote. “We did not want to be a campaign stopping place,” which, according to Aguirre, is what the Romney campaign wanted.

After it became clear that Aguirre and his parents wouldn’t allow their restaurant to be a political stump for Romney, Aguirre said they started receiving hate mail.

“We have been getting hate emails from people across the country, people sending us death threats and people calling us telling us we are racist,” Aguirre said via Facebook. “They hope we go out of business.”

In an effort to quell the critics, Aguirre invited them to a “family meal” at Rosa Linda’s.

“We may not be your cup of tea but we still welcome anybody with open arms,” Aguirre wrote.

As for Romney, he at at Chipotle, another Denver-based Mexican restaurant prior to the presidential debate on Wednesday.

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