Whiskey makers distance themselves from petitioners
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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Let Hamilton Distill's campaign to force a referendum on allowing distilling in Hamilton County is separate from and soon could be at odds with efforts by the Chattanooga Whiskey Co., which backs a pro-distillation bill waiting for a vote in the General Assembly.
"We're saying, just go away," said Joe Ledbetter, co-founder of Chattanooga Whiskey. "We don't know if it's hostile, but we definitely think it's weird."
Ledbetter doesn't want lawmakers' feathers ruffled by a petition drive that some could see as an effort to go behind their backs. A referendum also could give hesitant lawmakers "a political out," Ledbetter said, allowing them to avoid voting for pro-liquor laws.
Asked whether Let Hamilton Distill would drop efforts to force a vote if the distillation bill becomes law, spokesman Chris Smith said Friday he has "not looked that far down the road."
Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:04 AM EDT2014-08-20 05:04:32 GMT
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