Right-wing company Blue Line Moving brings northeast exiles to Florida
Former teacher Karen Ball was living in New Hampshire when she decided it was time to downsize and sell her four-bedroom home.
“I had always spent my summers in Maine, so I thought I would go there,” the 56-year-old told the Post. But when COVID arrived, things changed. “I didn’t like what was happening. There were riots over the summer and I didn’t want to go to work and have to silence my thoughts. Due to the political climate, I knew I had to leave the Northeast.
A conservative, she felt alienated in New England, where she had lived all her life. So in the fall, the mother-of-three joined the ranks of people fleeing northern blue states — because of crime or COVID warrants — to what Governor Ron DeSantis likes to call “the Free State of Florida”. She bought a condo near Fort Lauderdale and booked a moving company, but was disgusted when they doubled their quote after putting down a deposit.
Then she saw a Facebook ad for Florida-based Blue Line Moving, which is becoming famous among conservatives who want to move to red states. The guys in the photo were wearing “Let’s Go Brandon” t-shirts (a viral dig at President Biden). Ball said it was a fluke.
“I knew right away that I wanted to support them. I was proud of them for speaking out. And when a business is owned by a veteran, there’s a code of conduct and values that are already instilled in them,” said Ball, whose daughter is a former military member.
She was delighted with the service. “I was very satisfied. My stuff was there within a week and after the guys brought my stuff we were chanting, “Let’s go Brandon. » »
Rourke’s Rising Star
Owner John Rourke, a 16-year Army veteran, is an outspoken supporter of law enforcement — hence his company’s name, which refers to the “thin blue line” of police. But this fall, he officially came out as a conservative on Fox News after witnessing the humanitarian crisis on the border.
In September, Rourke, 43, took a trip to Del Rio, Texas, with an annual trash cleanup he organizes. There he saw migrants being pulled from the river and swarms of Haitians living below the bridge, and recorded video of the scene. The footage earned him spots on Tucker Carlson’s show and “Fox & Friends.”
He said business has been booming ever since.
“People call and say I saw you on ‘Tucker,’ I want to use you if you’re in my price range,” Rourke told the Post. “Last January, I brought in $58,000 and [this year], I’m already at $130,000 for the month,” Rourke said, adding that one woman specifically asked her crew to wear the “Let’s Go Brandon” shirts.
In November, Donald Trump Jr. hired Blue Line to transport a piano and his fiancée Kimberly Guilfoyle shared a photo with the movers on Instagram – wearing the same T-shirts Ball loved. This is when business really picked up. He has since moved Congressman Brian Mast and Sean Hannity.
“I want to steer my business to be the engine of the Conservative Party,” said Rourke, whose trucks display an American flag with the blue line – a symbol of support for law enforcement.
But of course it comes with a blowback. Rourke now regularly receives phone pranks and fake one-star reviews from trolls who target him because of his vocal political leanings.
“I’m fine with that. If it’s that important to you to call me an asshole, that’s fine. I’m still going to ask you if you want me to move you. I don’t care,” he said. Rourke said.
“We felt like we were expelled”
He receives nothing but praise from Carl David. Last year, David and his wife Arlyn moved to the Palm Beach area, after uprooting his fourth-generation art gallery in Philadelphia.
“It was definitely time for a change, but we felt like we were kicked out,” David, 72, told the Philadelphia Post. “The criminal element runs the city. And it’s awful. Many of our clients have moved.
David said using Rourke’s company to travel to a more ideologically aligned region of the country was “symbolic.” We have the same systems. And he is happy with his choice. “Florida is beautiful. It’s America. It’s business-friendly, politically friendly, and the weather is great.
Rourke’s bold recipe of mixing business and politics inspired real estate agent Rob Saake, 46, to also come out. He is about to launch Conservative Property Group (part of Sandals Realty Group).
“I was discouraged by being asked to set aside my personal and political opinions because it was bad for business,” Saake told the Post, adding that he believed in freedom of speech. , the Second Amendment, small government and American exceptionalism. .
“It’s about transparency, not division. If you’re a liberal, you could hire me to sell your house and I could use that commission to donate to the NRA. You’re probably not going to like this… If I’m not your man, I encourage you to find someone who is,” said Saake, who plans to donate a portion of each commission to charity. law enforcement charity.
Realtor Aaron Scanlan, also a retired policeman and Air Force veteran, has used Blue Line twice and recommends it to friends regardless of political leaning.
“The workers are doing a great job and they don’t care about my opinions,” Scanlan said. And he backs Rourke: “It’s great to see a conservative being so vocal and winning.”