Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel tells Local 6 the email he sent to his 7,000 employees on Monday, which warned them jobs are at risk if the president is re-elected, wasn't meant to be a threat.
"No, it's not a threat because if one of my employees were to come to me after the election and say I voted for Obama, I'd say fine," Siegel told Local 6 on Wednesday.
Siegel said he didn't have any idea that the email that encouraged his employees to vote for Mitt Romney would go public.
"It was a private memo," Siegel said.
In the memo, Siegel wrote, "The economy doesn't currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration."
The email continues, saying, "If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, as our current President plans, I will have no choice but to reduce the size of this company. Rather than grow this company I will be forced to cut back. This means fewer jobs, less benefits and certainly less opportunity for everyone."
When asked if Siegel saw how the email could be intimidating to employees, he replied "That's not so and I didn't try to intimidate anybody. I have lived through the last four years of the Obama administration. It hasn't been fun."
Siegel said the worst part was laying off 5,000 employees in 2009. But he hasn't necessarily hit rock bottom either. He said his profits have remained the same and he resumed construction on his 90,000 square foot mansion, which was a backdrop of a documentary about his life called "The Queen of Versailles."
Siegel also didn't apologize for the email, saying it was structured after a chain letter that surfaced before the 2008 presidential election but he personalized it and made it his own.
Human resources experts tell Local 6 that because Westgate Resorts is a privately owned company it wasn't illegal to send out the email. But they also said Siegel could be exposing himself to discrimination lawsuits depending on the outcome of the election.