Last year, Liz Carter was the Republican challenger to U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Decatur.
Since then, she’s landed a local radio gig and launched her own blog, Politico Portico. Carter’s blog topic for today is her disappointment specific members of the Senate GOP caucus when it comes to the sale of package alcohol on Sunday.
She writes this about state Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, a long-time opponent of Sunday sales:
This morning, February 24th, I spoke to Senator David Shafer on, and off, the record. Needless to say I was disappointed to hear that yes, four years ago his committee gave a “do pass” to the bill, but he no longer supports the bill because the errors he corrected four years ago are back. Here is his official statement:
“Senate Bill 10 is flawed in its current form. Local communities should determine the hours of alcohol sales, but the bill would mandate alcohol sales until 11:30 p.m. on Sundays. Many communities end alcohol sales earlier than 11:30 p.m. during the week. It does not make sense to have longer hours on Sunday than any other day of the week or to remove local option for that day only.
If we expand weekend alcohol sales, we should couple it with tougher penalties on the sale of alcohol to the underaged.
I have constituents and supporters on both sides of Sunday sales issue. I have members of my own family on both sides of this issue.”
When asked about his relationship with the Georgia Alcohol Dealers who oppose the bill and specifically Richard Tucker, who is the owner of a beverage superstore, Senator Shafer stated that Mr. Tucker is no longer a constituent and he moved outside of his district. That did not answer my question of speculation and rumors of the driving force behind his opposition being Richard Tucker and the Georgia Alcohol Dealers.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider