Vt. supporting kale artist in Chick-fil-A fight

December 5, 2011 - 12:20 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is throwing the state's support behind a folk artist who has built his T-shirt business around the phrase "eat more kale" and is engaged in a trademark fight with the nation's second largest chicken restaurant chain.

Shumlin met publicly Monday with Bo Muller-Moore in Montpelier (mont-PEEL'-yer) to help him launch a fundraising campaign to meet his legal fees in his fight with Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A.

Shumlin says the effort called "Team Kale," is to send Chick-fil-A a message: "Don't mess with Vermont."

Shumlin says Muller-Moore's business represents what he calls the state's renaissance of local agriculture.

Muller-Moore uses his phrase "eat more kale" on T-shirts and other items, but Chick-fil-A has ordered him to stop because it has the trademark to the phrase "eat mor chikin."