One of these days a government politico is gonna come out and say, “Sorry. I screwed up and I was wrong about that.”
It apparently ain’t happening at the Idaho Liquor Dispensary. The booze office was threatened with a couple of lawsuits in federal court for banning “Five Wives” vodka, so they blinked.
In a Wednesday news release, state Liquor Division Director Jeff Anderson announced the division will immediately begin accepting special order request for the Ogden, Utah-made product, which he previously had declined to carry, in part because the agency deemed the brand offensive to the state’s substantial Mormon population.
“In a shared desire to avoid unnecessary litigation costs to Ogden’s Own Distillery and the people of Idaho, today we have informed the makers of ‘Five Wives’ vodka that we will immediately begin processing special order requests for both on-premise licensees and retail customers,” Anderson said. The product may be ordered at any Idaho liquor store.
The guy was wrong to bring the Mormons into the deal at all–and then claim he reversed himself to save legal expenses. If he was right to declare the product offensive to Mormons–who officially banned polygamy a century ago–he should defend his decision in court.
The truth is, the ban was an ill considered move and the media fallout has embarrassed the Booze Chief and the people of Idaho. He looks worse running from a threatened suit than pulling up his big boy pants and saying, “my position on that subject has evolved.”
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