Cork Wine Bar in Washington Sues Trump International Hotel Because Unfair Advantage

First of all, I can’t believe I explored this beyond comparing the two pictures below. That’s kind of how 99 percent of liberals see unfair advantage and why they want everyone to get a trophy… you know how that goes. Still, something nagged at me about the article I read regarding the lawsuit. I knew there HAD to be more to the story and OH BOY, was there ever!

Cork Wine Bar in Washington sues Trump Hotel for unfair advantage

Here’s the scoop…

Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts, the owners of the Cork Wine Bar in Washington. Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts, the owners of the Cork Wine Bar in Washington. On March 10, the couple filed a lawsuit against President Trump and the Trump International Hotel.

Mr. Pitts and Ms. Gross claim that the Old Post Office building in Washington that bears the name of Trump has an illegal advantage in the city’s restaurant market because of their association with Mr. Trump and that they and their business has suffered as a result.

Cork claims to be losing business to the Trump hotel, which they say *may be* attracting diplomats and politicians looking to curry favor with Mr. Trump.

Ms. Gross and Mr. Pitts are not seeking monetary damages, but rather, the suit, filed in District of Columbia Superior Court, offers a few improbable ways to resolve the issue:

  • The hotel can stop operating
  • Mr. Trump and his family can fully divest from the business
  • Mr. Trump can resign from office.

The pair is represented by a team of lawyers who are working for free and with their “causes” being so well funded by George Soros, it’s obvious why their only offers of resolve would be the cat’s meow for their buddy George!

Ms. Gross, is a registered Democrat, and Mr. Pitts, a registered independent (I don’t believe it). Khalid is a long-time social justice activist and is currently the National Political Director for the Sierra Club and a member of the Executive Board of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority. Prior to co-founding Cork, Diane was a civil rights lawyer and was General Counsel to Senator Barbara Mikulski yet both insist that politics has nothing to do with their lawsuit.

And then there is THIS from Democracy Partners – which if you will remember was the organization featured in the Project Veritas video that reveals political organizer Robert Creamer discusses the DNC Rapid Response team who are often dispatched to protests and who are trained to create violent situations where none exist.

Khalid Pitts is a key leader in the progressive movement with 20 years of experience managing political and legislative campaigns. Currently the President of USAction and USAction Education Fund – a 501 c (3), (4) (known to be funded by George Soros), which is among the oldest and largest progressive network organizations in the United States – made up of 22 federated-aligned state affiliates and over a 500,000 members. Besides chairing the executive board, at USAction, Khalid is charged with helping lead the organization’s national fundraising efforts, developing programs and campaigns with national partners, elected officials and national party committees and acting as media spokesperson for the organization.Prior to USAction, Khalid served for ten years as the Director of Strategic Campaigns for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) – also a Soros favorite. In this capacity Mr. Pitts was responsible for coordinating SEIU’s national issue campaign efforts, including campaigns focused Civil Rights Protection, Voter Suppression Efforts, Social Security, Children’s Health (SCHIP) and Healthcare Reform. He helped lead SEIU’s political efforts in national electoral campaigns in 2008 and 2012. In addition, he played a principle role for SEIU as the union worked to oppose President Bush’s attempt to privatize Social Security, supporting the reauthorization 1964 Voting Rights Act and the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act, serving as a co-founder and co-chair of the executive board for Health Care for America Now (HCAN) – the national coalition formed to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Before joining SEIU, Khalid ran the state of Virginia, as the Virginia State Director, for Congressman Dick Gephardt’s 2004 Presidential Campaign. Prior to that Mr. Pitts was the State Director for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and its sister organization, the Education Fund to Stop Gun Violence. There he guided the organization’s state legislative department as well as managed the organization’s national and state political campaigns.

In addition to his role at USAction, Mr. Pitts serves as a strategic advisor and executive board member of several organizations, serving on the executive boards of Americans United for Change and the Coalition for Human Needs. Complimenting his national work on healthcare, Pitts is also the Secretary Treasure of the District of Columbia’s Healthcare Exchange’s Executive Board. He has a deep history of working on the issue of healthcare as it relates to the District of Columbia having served as a Senior Health Analyst at the District’s Central Detention Facility and a researcher on several National Institutes of Health studies in the District.

In his private life, he is the father of two small children and, along with his wife, is co-owner of two award winning small businesses – Cork Wine Bar and Cork Market & Tasting Room – both nationally recognized, with write-ups in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Bon Appetite, GQ Magazine, and Rolling Stone Magazine.

In addition, Mr. Pitts is a national lecturer on the subject of violence prevention. His publications include the book Building Violence: How America’s Rush to Incarcerate Increases Violence and the article Medical Care Solicitation by Criminals with Gunshot Wound Injuries published in the Journal of Trauma. Mr. Pitts earned his undergraduate degree in history from The College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and has a Masters in Public Health from the George Washington School of Medicine.

What I find most interesting is…

NOTE: In April 2015, activists from the Black Lives Matter movement held a “Populism 2015” assembly at a Washington, DC hotel. The event was sponsored by USAction, the Campaign for America’s Future, National People’s Action, and the Alliance for a Just Society. All groups who have received funding by George Soros – shocker I know, right?

I’ve already wasted far too much time on this little project this morning, if you have something to add, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear.

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