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Are Politicians Overstepping in Support of Market Basket Boycott?

More than 30 elected officials in Massachusetts have come out in support of Market Basket workers and a boycott of the grocery store chain during a push to reinstate former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas.

Are Politicians Overstepping in Support of Market Basket Boycott?
By Robert Gates

Dozens of elected officials across Massachusetts  signed a letter Monday supporting a boycott of Market Basket grocery stores while workers push to have former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas reinstated.

The list includes more than three dozen elected officials, ranging from mayors to state representatives and state senators.

The group of elected officials are asking their colleagues across the state to join the Market Basket boycott and "stand with it’s employees and with the standard of delivering low priced, quality groceries that Arthur T. Demoulas has set."

While some of the officials have found support for their stance, other voters have said that politicians are overstepping by taking a stance on a dispute within a private company.

For example,  reader Joe Veno said that "government politics should have nothing to do with this" and  reader  Mike Merriman  said "government and government officials are really overstepping their bounds by commenting on either side of this issue."

Others readers said that they will join elected officials in the boycott and  reader Ruth Montville said politicians are allowed to express their feelings about any topic.

What do you think? Should elected officials chime in on the Market Basket dispute? Or are they overreaching by taking a stance on the issue? Let us know in the comments.

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