Dave of Dave’s Soda and Pet City posed with President Trump. Now he’s under fire

Dave Ratner (second from left) behind President Trump has come back to haunt Ratner, big time.

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There’s trouble at Dave’s Soda and Pet City, where owner Dave Ratner has learned a tough political lesson. Will his Western Mass. customers give him a second chance?

KEVIN CULLEN

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The face of Dave’s Soda and Pet City in Western Mass. has received a lot of blowback after he was at the White House when President Trump signed an order on health care.

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Trump’s assertion belied a long record of meetings Obama held with the families of killed service members.

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The top Republicans left open the possibility that tax reform might not happen until 2018.

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According to a New Yorker report, President Trump joked about Mike Pence’s views on gay rights, saying, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all!”

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How much good will does $500,000 buy in Congress? We may find out when Raytheon’s top lobbyist faces senators for his confirmation to become Army secretary.

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Somebody throw this poor guy a bone

The face of Dave’s Soda and Pet City in Western Mass. has received a lot of blowback after he was at the White House when President Trump signed an order on health care.

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Frank Phillips is the State House bureau chief. He has covered politics for decades for the Boston Globe.

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Jim O’Sullivan writes about politics for The Boston Globe. Previously, he was White House correspondent and chief analyst for National Journal in Washington, D.C.

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Akilah Johnson has been a reporter with the Globe since 2010, covering neighborhoods, Boston’s mayor’s race, and the crosscurrents of race and ethnicity in the city.

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Joshua Miller covers politics for the Globe. A Massachusetts native and graduate of Bowdoin College, Miller worked in Washington, D.C., before joining the paper in 2013.

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Evan Horowitz digs through data to find information that illuminates the policy issues facing Massachusetts and the US.