Fashion Designer Joey Rodolfo rips Romero at Meeting. Not moving company to Tucson! (VIDEO)
A big name in the international fashion business made a surprising appearance at the Tucson City Council Call to the Audience on Tuesday October 17th. He spoke directly to ideological zealot Regina Romero. He relates the story of how he lived in Seattle for 40 years and how disturbed he was by Black Lives matters rioters attacking his business. He also talks about Seattle Mayor Durkin and telling police to stand down. He was going to move his company to downtown Tucson and Rio Nuevo was going to throw $500,000. He told Romero and crew that he is NOT bringing his company to Tucson and is keeping in Seattle. " I thought a year afterwards that I'd move my company to Tucson but honestly I've decided to keep my company in Seattle because of what's going on here in Tucson. It's awful what's going on here in Tucson. This is the blueprint mayor of what exactly happened in Seattle." He also slams her for having the City sponsor an event at the TCC Leo Rich Theater that had a lot of antisemitic content.
Will Tucson's self proclaimed business "leadership" groups finally step and fight to make Tucson better? (Hint: Don't hold your breath)
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Mr. Rodolfo is a big name is fashion. Here's his background.
"Joey Rodolfo has created or designed some of America’s top menswear brands. His career began at Catalina Swimwear in California and continued at Unionbay Sportswear in Seattle. Then he went on the entrepreneurial path to create beloved brands such as Bench Co. Ltd, Cutter & Buck, JR 1879, and Resort II. Rodolfo has been credited as the designer that elevated the Tommy Bahama brand from being a “Hawaiian shirt company” to a full line lifestyle collection brand. His efforts in re-positioning the brand include launching the “Relax” Collection, a swim-inspired collection. His most recent endeavor is the founding of WOW Studios, a Seattle-based firm whose award-winning team focuses on blending “old school” design philosophies with modern innovation."
In 2020, after experiencing the violence of Black Lives Matter and the total breakdown of order in Seattle, Joey and his team decided to move his company WOW to downtown Tucson. Tucson, a city that is a perpetual loser in attracting businesses to build/expand here, was joyfully apoplectic. Here's some examples:
(Fools at the weak Sun Corridor)
Rough transcription below:
My name is Joey Rodolfo. I live in Seattle, Washington and I was a victim of Black lives matter and I was a victim of a lot of that terrorist actions that happened in 2020. Mayor Durkin, I actually had a conversation with Mayor Durkin during this time before the riots when we had a revolving justice system... that I had a store downtown that was ransacked several times until it came to the fact that Mayor Durkin gave the stand down order on the police. The Black lives matter and antifa attacked us, many businesses were lost and today I thought a year afterwards that I'd move my company to Tucson but honestly I've decided to keep my company in Seattle because of what's going on here in Tucson. It's awful what's going on here in Tucson. This is the blueprint mayor of what exactly happened in Seattle. I see the blueprint clearly I lived it for 40 years. I grew up in Nogales Arizona and built a career globally. I took a company public there's no way I'm going to bring my company under this direction. There's no way a company like mine could survive here with this administration.
So I'm here to tell you that I was also attended your fireside chat last night and I want to know who paid for Alicia to present last night... to the taxpayers pay for that who paid for her to come here... do you know that we're suffering right now with what happened in Israel and this anti-Semitic posturing that took place last night and I saw you nodding your head up and down. It was really despicable to know that we have a large Jewish community here in Tucson about how you know Black lives matter really presents themselves. I lived it. They destroyed my business and here they are in Tucson now so I'm telling you right now that this was despicable display last night of what you presented to this community and the Jewish community of Tucson. Thank you