Mitt Romney stopped at Chipotle this morning -- but is not invited to Rosa Linda's

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Illustration by Erin Dubinski
Y'all, Mitt Romney ate at Chipotle earlier today. According to hungry and expert sources, the GOP's main man stopped by the Stapleton location of the Colorado staple and chowed down on a burrito with black beans, pork and pico de gallo. He even added guac -- which, as you know, costs extra. But, hey, Mitt Romney can afford it.

And while by all appearances and for all AP photos Romney appeared pleased with his burrito (let the gas jokes roll), he did not stop at another local Mexican food classic: Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe. That's because he wasn't invited.

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Because the preparation for the upcoming University of Denver debate started months ago, Oscar Aguirre got the call in early August. Aguirre is the oldest son of the family that owns Rosa Linda's, and a member of Romney's campaign asked Aguirre and his parents to schedule a stop from the presidential candidate.

"Both my mom and dad said no," Aguirre says. "My parents are Mormons, which they share with him, but number one, they're not Republican, and number two, it's not the type of publicity or image that they want to portray. They joked to me, 'One [candidate] wants to give money away, and the other wants to take my money, so either way, we're screwed.'"

This is not the first time Rosa Linda's owners have taken a political stance: In 2000, they also declined an offer from Bush supporters who wanted the then-president to visit. This time around, as Aguirre recounts on the restaurant's Facebook page, the man who reached out told them that "since Mr. Romney is LDS as well as our parents, it would make a great platform for his election. Mom again said NO. Religion and politics don't mix.... We were better off when Clinton was in office...."

Not that they would refuse entry to President Obama: According to Oscar Aguirre, the president has twice eaten Rosa Linda's food at catered local events, and Aguirre says the president even sent the restaurant a letter of thanks. The next step is to get him inside the physical location.

"We would love to have him," Aguirre says. "Absolutely."

While only one of the candidates has formally visited Rosa Linda's, both men have ties to Chipotle. According to Chris Arnold, Chipotle's director of public relations, Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia, are also fans of the burrito chain.

"That's the one thing they agree on: Chipotle," Arnold jokes, continuing, "It proves that Mitt Romney has good taste in food." And while the visit was an unplanned one (as far as he knows), Arnold concludes, "We're happy that we're a chosen stop while in town."

For more on the public response to Rosa Linda's stance, read "Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe becomes a campaign hate stop after Mitt Romney turn-down."



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Rosa Linda's Mexican Cafe

2005 W. 33rd Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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220 comments
jwahl22222
jwahl22222

Look, are some you so obtuse or willfully stupid .The Restaurant had no problem with canidate Romney eating there. But But they did not want to shill for the campaign.  They major problem is the blog writer. 4-W's  huh?  Take a Introduction to Journalism at local community college. And if you're going to whore for politicians go work for them wearing team colors not as a  " journalist"

stormy
stormy

obama has done an excellent job of dividing our nation,which was his intent. It is sad that people listen to the garbage that he & the LSM spouts. Only when people understand that this is a political move & they are being used to get votes will out nation survive.  Does this cafe have a sign,"on Republicans allowed?" I doubt it. What is the difference in serving any Republican who walks through the door & serving Romney? Does money that a Democrat spends buy more than money from a Republican? Get a life people. If one or both candidates had wanted to eat at my establishment (if I owned one) I would take pictures of the 2 of us & hung them on the wall. That would have drawn more customers. Stupid is as stupid does.

 

takeadeepbreath
takeadeepbreath

Much of commentary here is unproductive and, frankly, disgusting.  I simply do not believe that those on here expressing "Republican" views are representative of the Republican party as a whole.  My Republican friends would never act like this --  they understand subtleties and nuances and do not make the types of generalizations and assumptions we see recurring throughout the comments here.  This is just some of the worst of the worst. While I expect to receive at least one hateful response to this comment, I would like to make a plea to those reasonable among us, Republican and Democrat, to re-evaluate this situation.  Let's stop reverting to cliches and namecalling.  If we have any interest in having a productive discussion, we need to not, for instance, call all Democrats "whiners" or "idiots" or refer to Obama a "Marxist."  Let's all just take a deep breath and think about what we're doing here.

Conservative1
Conservative1

There are a whole lot more angry people with a lot of free time than I ever imagined.  I log on after only a day and there are like 200 replies in my mail box.    WOW!     Therapy?   Friends?   Work?   Join a gym?   There has to be something productive for people to do?   

GriseldaHammerfist
GriseldaHammerfist

The filth and vitriol being spewed at the Rosa Linda staff is truly horrifying. The author of this hystrionic piece should also provide more clarification: Romney is more than welcome to come dine, they just don't want their race and religion exploited during a full-blown campaign stop.  At least the headline should be modified to be more truthful but then it seems Kelsey is just seeing partisan cred and notariety - a fame  whore, if you like.

 

I for one will double my visits to Rosa Linda's - I'll enjoy it much more knowing the knuckle-draggers are eating elsewhere.

gc1018
gc1018

I hope they go bankrupt!

deanied
deanied

Shame on them...America is becoming exactly what OBUMMER Wants...DIVIDED! ALL should be welcome...but I can tell you that I'll never go there!

blah-ha-ha-ha
blah-ha-ha-ha

So let me clarify with everyone that rosa linda's is not rasist......... The Highland Neighborhood is no longer a hispanic community. All that live in this area are white folks with dogs and alot of people riding bicycles. SO the restaurant serves all types of ethnicy. Don't forget we all are americans and we live here for a freedom of choice. Also the go back to mexico deal?? ha ha ha we all migrated from somewhere else so keep that in mind.

P.S I don't even like there food lol its all about La Casita!!!!

GuyFriday
GuyFriday

I'm thinking a family outing to Rosa Linda's is on the agenda for this weekend!

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

Oscar Aguirre is a RACIST. By his own admission, his restaurant will serve African Americans (the president) but not whites (Romney). It's sad to think in this day and age you'd have a segregated restaurant like this.

pfscli
pfscli

Hippocrates!   When it was Chick-Fil-A's PRESIDENT/CEO said something, let the boycotting commence.    But when the shoe is on the other foot...NOW it's not right!

wondering123
wondering123

The restrauant has every right to refuse service.  Just like everybody has the right to boycott it and call the owner names. Any death threats or threats of any sort are wrong.

 

BUT if the  Oscar Aguirre didn't want to be part of the politics and didn't want all the attention he should never have posted about itl.  Boycotts and name calling he set himself up for.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

When we heard that Mitt Romney had eaten at Chipotle, we started googling Mexican restaurants he could have tried, found Oscar Aguirre's original Facebook post about the August request, then called Rosa Linda. No leaks.

 

And BTW, we stand by this story, just as Oscar Aguirre stands behind his original accounts and quotes.

dave
dave

I'd be curious who leaked the story to Westword, then we could judge whether it was a publicity stunt or whether they were victimized by a spurned politician.  If the family leaked it then why should we feel sorry for them for getting the publicity they were begging for?  Good food might bring me in, stunts won't.  On the plus side thousands of broke liberals will flock to spend their welfare checks at Rosa Lindas regardless of who initiated the story.

BullyOne
BullyOne

way to fuck that up westword!!!

wendy1978
wendy1978

Let's have a show of support for Rosa Linda's.  No family should have to endure this treatment.  Eat at Rosa Linda's!

 

Mervyn
Mervyn

So, how did Kelsey find out about this story unless somebody from the Romney campaign fingered Ros Linda? Is this what we can expect from our government if Romney is elected?

ldbentz
ldbentz

What a bunch of immature BABIES Romney supporters are!  This business has a right to not have their restaurant turned into a political stump for a candidate they don't support.  You don't like that? Fine, don't eat there. But the treatment these people are getting for doing nothing wrong is disgusting. 

vctragrr
vctragrr

I am sure that Rosa Linda's has given away more food to the needy for free tha Romney has ever given to anybody! So why are people so angry at them, for the angry one's that are attacking them they should go over to Rosa Linda's on Thankgiving and help them not battered them!

GuyFriday
GuyFriday

I'm white.  I've eaten there.  Try again.

Ando_Muneno
Ando_Muneno

 @pfscli I don't want to be that guy but... I think the word you're looking for is hypocrites. Hippocrates is either a Greek philosopher or a crate into which hippos are placed. 

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @wondering123 Exactly right! To say you don't want to bring politics into this, yet points out they have served the President but not Romney is his OWN fault. I hope they go bankrupt. Then they can become one of Obama's legions of welfare recipients that they apparently love so much!

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @patricia.calhoun Thank you for posting this. Romney is a man of character and high morals and would not have leaked this, unlike Obama and his staffers who will leak anything to the press if they think it will get them a vote!

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @dave Only Obama leaks stories to the media. Oscar Aguirre himself is one the one who told Westword about it. He has made this a political issue, and the people are right to boycott his restaurant. 

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @BullyOne Yes, I can see why you are so angry, seeing how Westword didn't bow down to the great Obama. I love how you Obama supporters also support censorship. If you can't handle the news, then get out of the newsroom!

deanied
deanied

 @Wendy Aiello

 Then they should have welcomed ANYONE!!  Shame! There doing what Obama wants...division!! WAKE UP!  The man is a traitor, marxist & does NOT care about this country...ONLY CONTROL!

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @Wendy Aiello Let's have a show of support for equal rights - BOYCOTT Rosa Linda's. No one - even a politician - should have their equal rights thrown under the bus like Rosa Linda has done.

pfscli
pfscli

 @Wendy Aiello But when the shoe was on the other foot...Chick-Fil-A...you all touted the boycotting of that place.

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @Mervyn Oscar Aguirre himself pointed the finger at HIMSELF! He's brought this all upon himself. Romney is a man of morals and good character - he would NEVER have fingered this guy and was willing to let the issue rest. Now Obama - that's someone who is vindictive and would have fingered a restaurant had the shoe been on the other foot. And that's EXACTLY what we have been getting from Obama's government - just look at the leaks coming from it that are impacting national security. So your point is well made - Vote ROMNEY to get rid of leaks in government! Thanks Mervyn!

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @ldbentz Blah blah blah. You OBAMA supporters would have fingered the restaurant owner and probably had the place audited by the IRS by now. Romney on the other hand is a man of character and he nor his supporters ever fingered this restaurant for being racist. It was the shop's owners' son who admitted they were racist.

deanied
deanied

 @vctragrr

 That's not the point!  A potential PRESIDENT should have been welcome...ALL should be welcome!  GO MITT!

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @vctragrr Check your facts before you start saying Romney has not given anything. Romney has given MILLIONS to charities, as well as donating his time for many worthy causes. Typical Obama worshipper - you throw out lies as though they are facts in the hope no one will check them. I'm calling you on this - Romney is a good man and his tax returns prove it. Now Obama and Biden - they are the ones who have given virtually NOTHING to charity. Check THEIR tax returns and - as they say - the proof is in the pudding!

takeadeepbreath
takeadeepbreath

 @vctragrr I hope that once everyone calms down, they do take a moment to look at all the wonderful work Rosa Linda's has done for the community.  Republican or Democrat, these are really, really good people with hearts of gold.  Once everyone cools their jets, the reasonable among them will realize that it is not wrong to choose not to host a political publicity stop at your private place of business for a politician you do not support. 

verdecab
verdecab

 @vctragrr Um, Romney give millions of dollars to charity.  More than every other elected president combined.  What an ignorant comment.

cgeorgemo
cgeorgemo

 @armadilloranchbonham  @blah-ha-ha-ha Perhaps because they agree with Obama the Democrat and they didn't agree with Romney the Republican...

Why do you assume that if there is a difference of color that IT is the reason for a difference in treatment? It's because you yourself cannot see past the color of their skin? If so you are the racist.

The owners felt that they were going to be asked to support a political platform that they didn't want to support. That is their right and I highly encourage them to exercise that right. 

Personally I will be voting for Romney in November and obviously I hope he gets elected. If however he doesn't then in 4 years I will try again for the next candidate that I support.

The rhetoric and vitriol being spewed here is embarrassing. If you are a Republican one of the first things you should support is the right of a business owner to have a political stance and the right they have to express it.

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @rtlucken1  @patricia.calhoun Why would reporting the news be throwing someone under the bus? Oh right - it makes Obama look bad. Yeah, I see how you might have become confused. See, just because most of Mainstream Media bows to Obama, Westword doesn't. They are a REAL journalism group who has actual ethics!!! It's censorship like what you are wanting that will destroy our country!

wendy1978
wendy1978

 @pfscli Hi, you need to read a little closer and make less assumptions about what other people say.

 

 

 

 

takeadeepbreath
takeadeepbreath

 @pfscli  @Wendy Aiello Please stop acting like we have a problem with those who want to boycott Rosa Linda's boycotting them.  Most of us just have a problem with the unnecessary name-calling, hateful attacks, and harassment they're receiving.  There's a difference.  A big difference. 

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @takeadeepbreath  @vctragrr Rosa Linda has pretty much ruined everything by bringing politics into the mix. Racism is not acceptable, regardless of what good works they do. Look at the good that Nazis in Germany did - yet that does NOT outweigh the EVIL that they did. Same for Rosa - boycott we must!

vctragrr
vctragrr

 @takeadeepbreath

 I sure hope so they have done so much for the needy! Good to hear some one that is not angry.

deanied
deanied

 @verdecab  @vctragrr

 Romney has NEVER taken a salary also.  He earned his money! The money he inherrited he gave to charity & he has been his own man!  Not like the wimp in OUR White House!

deanied
deanied

 @verdecab  @vctragrr

 YES HE HAS! And Romney NEVER took a dime for a salary while he was Gov. of MA! The man is honorable & will be a good leader...not like the hypocrite marxist that is in OUR White House now!  GO MITT!

mccurnindesign
mccurnindesign

 @verdecab  @vctragrr How can anyone consider giving to a church/cult that is worth billions of dollars and builds huge buildings that are used a couple of times a week a charity?

ldbentz
ldbentz

 @verdecab  @vctragrr  Most of the money Romney donated to "charity" is actually required tithing to the Mormon Church.

 

vctragrr
vctragrr

 @verdecab

 If you only paid 14 percent on your taxes and made what he did you give some too!!!

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @vctragrr  @medicinewoman2  @takeadeepbreath You know this how? Are you in secret contact with Romney staffers? Sounds to me like Romney just wanted some Mexican food. Rosa is racist and didn't want to give a white man some food, so he went to Chipotle and got his Mexican fix there. Chipotle is getting great publicity, Rosa is getting boycotted. Sounds just to me. Rosa is getting just what it deserves.

vctragrr
vctragrr

 @medicinewoman2  @takeadeepbreath

 Yes did, they cater a job, for the Obamas the only difference is that Romney wanted to stop just for political reason for the Latino vote, to promote small  business. Chapoltle is a big chain and by the way just because they call themselves a Mexican grill it is not.

vctragrr
vctragrr

 @takeadeepbreath

 I just heard the way one of the phone call they got on the news telling them Mexicans go back to Mexico in the case who ever made that call he should consider going back where his ancestor came from too!

takeadeepbreath
takeadeepbreath

 @vctragrr Keep in mind that a link to this article was posted to one of the most right wing conservative blogs out there: The Drudge Report.  A lot of these commenters are from there.  They don't even live in Denver.  This will blow over soon!   

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @mccurnindesign  @verdecab  @vctragrr The same way people can consider giving money to a government that builds bombs that blows up people and kills innocent children. Look at how many innocent babies were killed in Libya thanks to Obama's war there? And yet you continue to give money to the government. Such a hypocrite you are!

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @vctragrr  @medicinewoman2  @ldbentz  @verdecab Wow! So Romney is damned if he gives to his religion and he's damned if he don't, according to your crazy thinking. I've come to realize that ALL liberals are as crazy with numbers as  you are - that's why there are so many millions out of work and our country is so in debt! Thanks liberals - for nothing!!!

vctragrr
vctragrr

 @wondering123  @ldbentz  @verdecab

 It does not matter is just that big business or people like him don't pay their fair share of taxes you probably paid more of a percent than 14 or 13 % that the running mated paid. We could go on and on. Have a nice day.

vctragrr
vctragrr

 @medicinewoman2  @ldbentz  @verdecab

 How do I know what?? Yes they do give their 10% to the morman church. , if Romney gaved his t0 % to the chuurch indstead of 4 Mil. he would have to give 21 Mil. so he is not ever fair with his religion.

wondering123
wondering123

 @ldbentz  @verdecab  @vctragrr 

The morman church requets that they tith 10%. So the other 20%is above and beyond what the churhc asks for.  Either way Subtrct the donations from his income then recalcualte the percentage.

chuckroast
chuckroast

 @armadilloranchbonham  @vctragrr  @verdecab

 I'm pretty sure Romney makes all of income from investments, so he's not exactly working  hard to make his money.  He earned his money buying and selling businesses, basically trying to increase the growth rate in a short period of time, so he could turn around and sell the company, without any concern for the employees or the long term health of the company. 

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @vctragrr  @verdecab He earned his money and it's his to do with as he pleases. So while you're sitting at home thinking up ways to get more money from hard-working citizens, Romney is actually out there working to make money. How he spends his money is his own business - not yours and not the government's!

armadilloranchbonham
armadilloranchbonham

 @vctragrr  @verdecab No. Look at how much Obama and Biden made - and they didn't give a FRACTION of what even I have given to charity, and I make substantially less than them. Typical liberal - always thinking government can do a better job of giving my money away than I can. WRONG!

vctragrr
vctragrr

 @verdecab

 Well if he paid at least 20 percent on what he made that would give him 13 million less to play with and I do believe he gave 4 mil to charity!!!

verdecab
verdecab

 @vctragrr He pays a higher percentage than 97% of the country for income taxes and has contributed a higher percentage of his income to charity than any of the Democrats.  But that doesn't matter.  He's Republican, so he must automatically be a greedy evil beast.  No matter what the facts are.

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