Nathan Deal: ‘I don’t drink. I simply believe in democracy’

Denis O’Hayer of WABE (90.1FM) just posted Gov. Nathan Deal’s most definitive statement yet on the measure, now zipping through the Legislature, that would make it legal to sell packaged alcohol on Sunday.

Gov. Nathan Deal/Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Gov. Nathan Deal/Bob Andres, bandres@ajc.com

Deal even uses a four-letter word: S-I-G-N.

Listen to the entire conversation here. Said Deal, first about the legislation:

“As long as it is in keeping with what I have said, of giving local jurisdictions the opportunity to decide at the ballot box, then I would sign it.”

Why? asked O’Hayer. Answered the governor:

“…I think we’re past the time where, at the state level, we have the responsibility of micro-managing local issues. I consider this a matter of local control, and I trust the judgment of local communities to determine what they think is appropriate for their community.”

None of the moral concerns expressed by Gov. Sonny Perdue? Said Deal:

“Well, I don’t drink. I simply believe in democracy.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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133 comments Add your comment

Cutty

February 3rd, 2011
4:21 pm

I’m having second thoughts about Deal. He’s doing a pretty good job thus far.

Newtonian

February 3rd, 2011
4:25 pm

Finally, a Governor with a pair.

Dollar Bill

February 3rd, 2011
4:28 pm

Excellent. It is a stupid law. Let the idiots make their case. Let the businesses make their case. Let the people decide.

atlwolf

February 3rd, 2011
4:30 pm

Hopefully this state will finally wake up and smell the 21st century.

Mike

February 3rd, 2011
4:39 pm

This is just a stupid 400-year-old Puritanical Blue law that should be abolished. Everybody has a choice to drink or not to drink!

edman

February 3rd, 2011
4:46 pm

I never understood the logic that you can drink at restaurants and bars on Sunday and get in your car and drive home, but you couldn’t get in your car and go buy alcohol and take it home and drink?????

Tater

February 3rd, 2011
4:50 pm

Wonder what side liquor stores are going to come in on this? Is it going to be just beer and wine or liquor sales also?

Wordsmith

February 3rd, 2011
4:51 pm

When I first came to Georgia from Florida to go to Tech in 1969, you basically could not buy anything on Sunday. I stepped back in time. Thank you Governor Deal. Those who don’t want to buy alcohol on Sunday don’t have to.

Browncoat

February 3rd, 2011
4:53 pm

The Liquor Store lobby has been 100% against this bill for years.

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Itsmeagain

February 3rd, 2011
4:57 pm

I didn’t have high hopes for Deal when he got into office. But this, this is good…

Bud Time

February 3rd, 2011
4:57 pm

Yeah now let’s all get drunk 24/7. Be like the Waffle House never without a cold one.

Dan

February 3rd, 2011
4:57 pm

My bet is sale of beer & wine but no liquor will be the carrot for the liquor store owners who want to stay closed on Sunday and to give the Puritans the consolation of being able to still be able to impose theie views on others about something.

blue dog

February 3rd, 2011
4:57 pm

Deal gets a “thumbs up” from me on this one.
I hope common sense continues to drive his future decisions.

Jeff

February 3rd, 2011
4:58 pm

I spoke with God and he said he also wants us to open Chik-Fil-A on Sunday.

My Two Cents

February 3rd, 2011
4:59 pm

Of course, the lobbyists and preachers will have a heyday but put the vote before the local communities. Passage will break the back of the liquor store owners but make it easy and sell it in the grocery stores. The liquor stores owners will then follow suit. Finally, some voice of reason in Georgia politics!

fdfdf

February 3rd, 2011
5:00 pm

barnes for sure wouldnt have said that, im glad he’s governor

Bobby

February 3rd, 2011
5:00 pm

Well I spoke with God just this afternoon and he wants Georgia to allow same sex marriages too.

ATLien

February 3rd, 2011
5:01 pm

Excellent.
Now, can we get smoking bans similar to NYC, San Francisco, and every other major city on the country except Atlanta?

scott

February 3rd, 2011
5:01 pm

Just curious, but why are the liquor store owners against it?

Thankfully

February 3rd, 2011
5:03 pm

@ Tater: Liquor stores are for all (liquor+beer+wine) or nothing. Their stance is that if it is beer & wine only, people probably wouldn’t go out of their way to go to a liquor store, they would just buy their beer/wine at the grocery store during their regular Sunday grocery shopping, or run up to the convenience store on the corner, etc. If it was beer & wine only liquor stores say that they would lose money since they’d have to pay staff & be open but sales wouldn’t be enough to cover that.

However, chances are that we will “baby-step” our way in and allow beer & wine only. Liquor, for some reason, is seen as a whole other debacle.

I am fine with it being a local ordinance, since I live in Atlanta and I know it will be voted positively yes for Sunday sales. Outside of Atlanta, maybe not so much, but yes, I agree we just need to leave it up to the communities.

The law is outdated. We are one of only like 2-3 states nationally that has a total Sunday ban. Church & state are to be separated, and there is no state basis for this law (only a “moral” church basis). Get the additional revenue from the state. Don’t let our GA $$$’s go over the line to Alabama/South Carolina on Sundays when people go over there to buy alcohol.

Thankfully, this is a law that I have been waiting on for 20 years to vote for, and looks like we may FINALLY have the opportunity to do so this year.

Jeff

February 3rd, 2011
5:03 pm

Liquor store owners want to have a day off.

Martin Williams

February 3rd, 2011
5:04 pm

Thanks Mr. Deal. Another way to say the Government off our backs. Telling which days to buy alcohol was very foolish. Had a bad experience with that when my company relocated to Aplharetta, Georgia. It was Sunday and went to Pulix and took a six pack and only to be told we DON’T sell alcohol on Sundays…….Wow……..stupid. The government in my business again.

I'Joni

February 3rd, 2011
5:05 pm

I’m all for this law to be abolished. Go Deal!! Now if they can just pass a law so we can buy Chik-fil-A on Sundays I’ll be in heaven!! LOL!!

Mike

February 3rd, 2011
5:06 pm

Deal is alright with me…

DJ Sniper

February 3rd, 2011
5:09 pm

I’m not big fan of Nathan Deal, but I give him credit for sticking to his word on this issue. Like most other people on here have already said, it’s way past time for this change to be made. Now let’s see what the religious nutjobs try to say about this.

Thankfully

February 3rd, 2011
5:12 pm

To follow up – if you actually click on the link on the first line of the article, you can see that the item being proposed for voting upon is for wine & malt beverages (beer) ONLY. So as predicted, liquor has been left out of consideration.

Liquor stores will be fine on Sundays. Many of those have a wider selection of beer/wine than grocery stores anyway, and may be closer to some people than their own grocery store or what not. Somehow, I think the liquor stores will be just fine…

CDW

February 3rd, 2011
5:13 pm

Dear liquor store owner: you too have a choice. If you don’t want to open the doors on Sunday, then don’t. Yes, the potential customer will go to someone who IS open, but again – it is a choice. No reason to “baby step” the change in law so you don’t have to make a business decision.

Lift the Sunday sales ban in its entirety – don’t waste legislative efforts with halfway.

Unknown Hinson

February 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

Thank “god” Sonny Purdue’s nonsense is gone. Someone needs to tell him we separated church from state a long long time ago. I like this new guy.

Bill

February 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

Liquor store owners figure the cost of staying open on Sundays is greater then the additional revenue. If the option is passed and your competitor Liqour store opens you will have to open as well to avoid losing that business. Right now they both get most of that business on Sat since liquor purchases are not as often impulse purchases (i.e. Liquor has a longer shelf life then beer or wine)

EC

February 3rd, 2011
5:14 pm

I hope this passes. I can’t wait for the day that you religous idiots don’t interfere with my freedom to live my life how I choose.

SpaceyG on Twitter

February 3rd, 2011
5:15 pm

Drinkers vote. If they’re not too hungover.

Question Man

February 3rd, 2011
5:17 pm

Is this a visionary decision by Deal, or what?

Bud Time

February 3rd, 2011
5:18 pm

MY MY MY 2 months ago everybody on here wanted Gov.Deal’s head on a platter. Now he’s the GOD of Ga. How things change on here!

ethix

February 3rd, 2011
5:22 pm

Most people do their grocery shopping on sunday, and will buy some alcohol for the week at the grocery store instead of making a separate trip another day to the liquor store.

Eyes

February 3rd, 2011
5:23 pm

I said the same thing Bud Time…………….WOW!!! But remember if he does exaclty what you want you love hm……

Road Scholar

February 3rd, 2011
5:24 pm

Since Deal believes in Democracy, he MUST believe in personal rights…like the right of a women to decide whether she wants or doesn’t want an abortion! If you object, than why have the death penalty?

I never understood the ability to go to a bar on Sunday and have beers/mixed drinks, and then possibly drive home versus buying it at a store and taking it home to drink AFTER driving home!

Really curious to know

February 3rd, 2011
5:25 pm

How many morons out here for “smaller government” are actually in favor of the “big government” action of telling people when they can or cannot purchase alocohol (a legal substance)? I’m waiting…

So Far

February 3rd, 2011
5:25 pm

Honestly, Deal has been petty impressive in the early going. Saying on doing the right things and not leaning too far right and not just discounting the left. If he can steer business to the state, and get this jacked up educational system under control, he will far outshine any Governor in recent memory here GA. Just hope he stays visible and accountablle, and continue to be out front on issues relevant to Georgians right now. Unlike republicans nationwide, all Georgians should rally around the Governor and hope for his success, because it means success for us all.

gt

February 3rd, 2011
5:27 pm

I have often thought if the Lord didn’t want alcohol sold on Sunday He certainly doesn’t need our help. The trick to this is not stopping others from doing it, but stopping ourselves and in my case I’m not stopping either. Unlike the governor I have been known to sip a cold one after church.

ABC

February 3rd, 2011
5:27 pm

There is no law that says that Chick-Fil-A cannot open on Sundays by the way. The company CHOOSES not to.

rc35

February 3rd, 2011
5:32 pm

Expanding the sale of alcoholic beverages means expanding the abuse of alcoholic beverages. The marginal revenue gained by selling a few more bottles and six-packs will be more than cancelled out by the cost of the auto accidents, impaired decision-making, and domestic violence fueled by alcohol, though it will likely never be reported as such in the AJC. You have to dig through some pretty dry statistical information or lose a family member to drunk driving before you notice that one.

I am very disappointed in the Governor. Turning Georgia into a 24/7 bar and casino will not make it a better state to live in.

“O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!” Shakespeare, Othelllo

Jeff is not kidding

February 3rd, 2011
5:33 pm

Great! A true republican (and not some rebadged legalistic democrat) letting us actually vote on the issue!

Say whaaa?

February 3rd, 2011
5:34 pm

If this is all he does during his entire tenure, he will have accomplished more than Sony ever did.

freidenker

February 3rd, 2011
5:37 pm

never EVER thought i’d say i like nathan deal …and won’t yet, but what a breath of fresh air after a seeming eternity of the fat little fishing rube. oh, please don’t let this end up like the flag fiasco. just let the people, ALL the people, decide. thanks, gov. deal …if you follow through.

Bud Time

February 3rd, 2011
5:38 pm

Deal in 2015 I’am guessing he just got elected for a 2nd term.

Patrick

February 3rd, 2011
5:39 pm

@gt If the good lord didn’t want us to enjoy drinking, he would not have made us responsive to alcohol. But since we are, and we do, who are we to argue with what the creator intends? Do we think we are better than God? How dare we challenge the design.

And besides, we are not the only animals that enjoy alcohol. Other mammals do, as do birds and insects among other things. Birds especially are known for finding bushes of fermented berries and getting drunk off so badly that they can’t fly. Humans only figured out easier ways to obtain the stuff, by making it ourselves. But even in doing that, we have to call upon yeasts, some of the smallest animals there are, to actually MAKE the alcohol for us. Drinking is actually a way for humans to keep in step with a part of nature, which we ourselves are a part of.

Wow I need one after that. That’s deep.

YESSSS

February 3rd, 2011
5:39 pm

Finally some common sense. All those holy people who don’t want liquor on Sunday’s, BUT you can get wine at the altar. HAHA

DW

February 3rd, 2011
5:39 pm

Thank you Nathan Deal! If you accomplish nothing else in your term as governor I will still call you a huge success. Now I wont have to tell people that I live in a state that is so backwoods and redneck that one cannot even purchase alcohol on Sunday.

Dawg

February 3rd, 2011
5:41 pm

Everyone hated the fact that Deal was a “corrupt representative from Washington.” But the fact is that because he was a representative he knows exactly how to listen to his constituents. He has shown a prime example of that here.