Falwell announces support for ABC privatization
Jerry Falwell Jr., the president and chancellor of Liberty University in Lynchburg, has endorsed Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to privatize state-run liquor stores.
In a statement, Falwell -- who took over the Christian university after the death of his father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, in 2007 -- said he believes that government shouldn't be in the business of selling liquor.
"I support Governor Bob McDonnell's proposal to privatize Virginia's ABC stores primarily because I believe that our founders intended a much more limited role for government than what we have today," he said. "In my view, Virginia's private sector, its families, churches and businesses will be better served and protected by eliminating government-sanctioned monopolies."
Falwell's support could help the governor counter opposition to privatization he's encountered from some social conservatives, who have said they think increasing the number of liquor-selling outlets around the state to 1,000, as McDonnell has proposed, would lead to increased drinking.
Previously, a coalition of religious groups announced it was opposing the plan.
| September 21, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
Categories: Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman
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