AUSTIN – Dylan Atkins said he has “nothing to worry about” about as he returns to work at a Texas company he started when he was a teenager.
Key points:Dylan Atkins says his company, Dylan’s Candy Bar, will stay open until JanuaryThe former Austin city councilman has been a vocal critic of Travis County Judge Brett KavanaughThe Texas Democratic Party is also calling for a boycott of the Dallas-based companyDylan says the decision to close his candy bar has nothing to do with his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr Atkins told the Austin American-Statesman that he is not taking any steps to close the business as of January 5.
“I have absolutely nothing to worry to myself about,” he said.
“We’ve been here for 17 years.
We’ve had the same management team for 17 months.
It’s the same team.”
Mr Atkins said the company has been in business since the late 1990s.
“It’s been a business that’s grown organically over the years,” he added.
“People have been eating and drinking at our restaurants, people have been drinking at the parties, people are coming to our events.”
There’s a lot of things going on in the world and I think in Texas it’s just a natural thing to keep that going.
“The company has about 60 employees.
Dylan’s has also been targeted by conservative groups, including the National Rifle Association.
Mr Brett Kavanaugh, who is expected to be confirmed next week, is accused of sexual misconduct involving a teenager, but the allegations are being investigated by a separate investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee.
Mr Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
A Travis County Republican Party spokeswoman said the party will not boycott the company, but it will boycott the district attorney’s office for its role in the investigation into the case.”
The Travis County Democratic Party will not be celebrating Dylan’s,” said Stephanie Gage, a spokeswoman for the Travis County Republicans.”
However, we will not support any of the actions taken by the Travis Co District Attorney’s office.
“Dylan and his wife, Traci, opened Dylan’s on December 20, 2017.
The company’s Facebook page is full of positive reviews.
One said it was “just a wonderful experience”.”
Dylan has been the one to make this happen, and it’s been the most enjoyable and fulfilling thing we have ever done,” it said.
The Travis Co district attorney said his office was looking into the matter and would take appropriate action if warranted.
The Republican Party of Texas did not respond to a request for comment.