by Ugonna Okpalaoka, TheGrio.com
The man who takes credit for getting George W. Bush elected as president is now making efforts to see that Republican candidate Mitt Romney makes it into the Oval Office, too.
David Siegel, the multi-millionaire founder and CEO of WestgateResorts, sent out an e-mail yesterday to more than 7,000 of hisemployees threatening layoffs if President Barack Obama is re-elected.
The letter reads in the beginning: "The economy doesn't currentlypose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, isanother 4 years of the same presidential administration."
Right after, Siegel reassures his employees that his intention isn't to force them to vote one way or the other.
"Of course, as your employer, I can't tell you whom to vote for, and Icertainly wouldn't interfere with your right to vote for whomever youchoose."
But then later in his letter, he sends a thinly-veiled message:
So where am I going with all this? It's quite simple. Ifany new taxies are levied on me, or my company, as our current Presidentplans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of the company.Rather than grow this company, I will be forced to cut back. This meansfewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone.
So, when you make your decision to vote, ask yourself, whichcandidate understands the economics of business ownership and whodoesn't? Whose policies will endanger your job? Answer those questionsand you should know who might be the one capable of protecting andsaving your job.
Gawker posted an update to the story earlier today addressing suspicions that the letter was fake because it bears similarities to a chain letter that made its way around the Internetduring the 2008 election season. The website reached out to Siegel, whoconfirmed that his letter is real and said that he used the chainletter as a guideline.
"I changed it [to fit my circumstances]," he said. "It speaks thetruth and gives [employees] something to think about when they go to thepolls."
He also added that the threats of job layoffs are real.
Siegel is the head of Westgate Resorts, "one of the largest resort developers in the world." He and his wife were the stars of the recent documentary The Queen of Versailles,which follows him as he set out to build the largest house in theUnited States. The construction of the 90,000 square foot, $75 millionpalace was suspended in 2009 after the recession hit.
To read the full letter, click here.
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