Texas Tries to Lasso Sriracha Away From CA
David Tran says US government not much different than Vietnam's
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 12, 2014 1:40 PM CDT
Sriracha hot sauce supporters protest ahead of the city council meeting in Irwindale, Calif., Wednesday, April 23, 2014.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – With Huy Fong Foods under siege at its current Irwindale home, a group of Texas lawmakers calling itself the "Sriracha delegation" is traveling to California today to try to convince owner David Tran to move the company. "I am confident that this group will be able to communicate with Mr. Tran ... the benefit of conducting business in the Lone Star State where frivolous litigation is not business as usual," says Dallas Rep. Jason Villalba, who's been pushing for the meeting for months, WFAA reports.

The group will tour the Irwindale factory and hold a closed-door meeting with Tran and other Huy Fong officials today, the Texas Tribune reports. Almost two dozen cities have made similar pitches, NPR reports, but so far Tran has said he wants to stay in California, where he's lived for more than 30 years. The company recently planted a new crop of jalapenos there despite the uncertainty, the Pasadena Star-News reports. But Tran might open a factory elsewhere, and clearly isn't happy about the flap. He told NPR he left Vietnam to escape the repressive government. "Today, I feel almost the same. Even now, we live in [the] USA, and my feeling, the government, not a big difference."

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May 15, 2014 12:45 PM CDT
Mr. Tran is right, that's why I left the Peoples' Republic of California....to escape socialism over 2 years ago. Don't get me wrong, I love my home state, but when your state flag has a grizzly bear and a red star on it....there's something wrong. I believe Mr. Tran will make the right decision.
May 13, 2014 9:52 AM CDT
Good for Texas - slowly taking all the jobs away from the lesser parts of the USA. Liberals will continue whining about it until they move to Texas for all the great opportunities, higher disposable income, and great Mexican food.
May 13, 2014 9:49 AM CDT
Way to go California! Yet again the socialists drive capitalism from their ranks