[Booze News] In my conversation with Bobbie Coray for a news story in the Nov. 8 City Weekly, the controversial liquor commissioner insisted non-drinkers on the DABC aren't trying to make life hard for drinkers. They just don't know any better.
"We keep thinking it's the Mormons keeping us down, keeping the drinkers down. It's not," she said. "The Mormons don't care. They don't go to the Legislature saying, 'This is wrong,' because they don't know what you are talking about. It doesn't apply to them."
Coray—who acknowledged she is still trying to figure out Utah liquor rules herself after being appointed to the commission this summer—compared Mormon comprehension of Utah liquor laws to listening to her husband talk football.
“He knows all the scores and all the players. He can talk to me and my eyes just glaze over,” she said. “It isn’t that the Mormons are particularly trying to [toughen] liquor laws, it’s just that they don’t care. As long as they can get their Diet Coke they don’t care.”
That might explain why some liquor commissioners have been recently quoted saying they’ve asked around, but haven’t heard any legitimate complaints about Beehive State liquor laws.
Coray has asked fellow commissioners to consider holding public hearings for the public and restaurant owners to air gripes about “quirky” booze laws. (Ted McDonough)