Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-FL) rolled out the red carpet for the blue bird on Tuesday when he urged Twitter CEO Elon Musk to relocate his headquarters to the Sunshine State.
The former mayor of Miami-Dade County told the billionaire entrepreneur in a letter that the company’s current locale, San Francisco, has been in a steady decline for years.
🚨I am encouraging @ElonMusk to relocate Twitter to Miami-Dade, Florida: pic.twitter.com/08LauaDluF
— Rep. Carlos A. Gimenez (@RepCarlos) December 13, 2022
Where once it was an innovative tech hub, the metropolis is now “openly hostile to the diversity of thought.” Gimenez further described the California city as intolerant of individuals and groups “who refuse to conform” to its “leftist dystopia.”
Moving the company base to Miami, the representative wrote, would create high-paying positions and add to the area’s “tech ecosystem.”
With this in mind, Gimenez encouraged Musk to consider the “Free State of Florida” as his new headquarters.
Since his much-publicized acquisition of Twitter, Musk has steadily shifted the social media platform from a liberal bastion to one that values free speech. This, of course, met with fierce backlash from the media establishment and leftist political leaders.
Not so with Gimenez.
The congressman congratulated Musk for bringing unprecedented “levels of transparency” to the virtual town square.” He went on to express his desire to see the company continue to be a “beacon of free speech” and the 1st Amendment.
Musk previously told Twitter employees that he harbored no intentions of relocating the company to Texas as he did with Tesla. He added that it would be logical to have “dual-headquarters” in both, as was reported by The Verge last month.
The CEO told workers that such a move to Texas would play into the narrative that the platform has shifted from left-wing to right-wing.
This, he explained, is not the case. Rather than being a right-wing takeover of the social media giant, Musk explained that he initiated a “moderate-wing takeover.”
Musk, of course, became a lightning rod for leftist anger with his purchase of Twitter. Since the acquisition he steadily revealed information proving the company suppressed free speech and stifled conservative accounts — something previous management vehemently denied.
A move to Florida may not be in the cards, but Gimenez’s invitation does have a certain logic and charm. Musk previously stated that the culture of the Bay Area greatly affected the bias of Twitter’s workforce, and a relocation would doubtlessly be a breath of fresh air for the platform.