When it became public knowledge, it raised quite a ruckus. There were calls from the left for people to not patronize the place. Predictably, the right stopped their calls to boycott Penzey's Spices long enough to circle their pizza cutters around Maria's, decrying how awful it is that the left use right wing tactics against them.
Maria's Pizzaria [sic] took to their Facebook page to thank people for their spurt of support and to deny that the business is in the business of politics. While they did not serve up any pizza with their statement, they did serve up a big slice of irony when they ended with this paragraph:
What Maria's does support is freedom of choice and the ability to practice your own views and express your identity freely without persecution. We think that's something all of us can agree is a great thing! If you would like to make a difference in your community there are many more viable options for you that won't affect small business or the economy of Milwaukee negatively.
Actually, there are two points of extreme irony in that paragraph.
The first is when they claim that they support freedom of choice and the freedom of speech without persecution.
May I remind you that this is from the same people who support Walker, who has used the recall petition as a basis for whether someone gets a job. These are the same people who support Walker, who has gone after anyone that speaks out against him, like Professor William Cronon and yours truly. Or that these people, by supporting Walker, also support his attacks on unions and his limiting their members' rights to express themselves.
Apparently, the owners of Maria's Pizzaria [sic] only support these freedoms for themselves and the rest of us can just shove a pepperoni up our backsides.
The greater irony comes as they mewl about options that won't affect small businesses or the economy of Milwaukee.
As has been repeatedly shown, they are supporting Walker and his agenda which has done more damage to their survival than any disorganized boycott could ever hope to do. They are supporting Walker's agenda that takes spending money out of the pockets of the people who are most likely to be their customers, thereby hurting their own business at the same time. Odds are that the people most likely to boycott their business don't even have the money to spend their in the first place.
The other point they miss with this argument is that they are by far not the only local pizzeria in town. Even if people did have the extra cash that they could spend on an overpriced pizza like Maria's, they could go to any number of other local pizzerias, thereby still supporting small businesses and Milwaukee's economy.
And based on the online reviews of the place - even from their political supporters - one would be better off going somewhere else anyway.