Pro alcohol group accuses opponent of misleading the public - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/2/09

Pro alcohol group accuses opponent of misleading the public

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock County Wins, a group in favor of expanded alcohol sales is accusing its opponent Truth about Alcohol Sales of using scare tactics and giving false statements when making calls to the public.  "One of our representatives got a message from TAAS or someone who identified themselves as TAAS and they were misrepresenting the facts," said Lubbock County Wins Chair Melissa Pierce.   

Here is part of that message: "I'm with the TAAS PAC and we are canvassing to see about the upcoming election for putting package liquor in our drug stores, our grocery stores, etc."

Pierce says stating that packaged liquor could be in drug stores, grocery stores; etc violates the Texas Election Code.  According to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission it is illegal in Texas to purchase liquor in drug or grocery stores. "We just want to call that out and remind people that this is about the facts and we're not using scare tactics to get our side aired," said Pierce.   

Truth About Alcohol Sales Chair Josh Allen answers these allegations. "One of our volunteers have said which is not anything on our phone script, I really think they probably got a list from somebody and they had not went to our training," said Allen.   

Allen says when his group is making phone calls they should be following a phone script.  "We do have a phone script and in the phone script it does not mention any of these accusations, but really this is a technicality because this person even though it was not on our phone script if they would have not said liquor instead of alcohol it would have been a true statement," said Allen.   

But technicality or not Pierce says that phone call misrepresented the petition. "You have to watch these kinds of things that's why we have consultants to make sure that we aren't saying things that are illegal you need to stick with the facts and not say things that are going to scare people or mislead them," said Pierce.   

Allen says he will make sure this doesn't happen again.  "We can just call each of our volunteers and we tell them you saw the news please be clear and stick to the script when making calls. We've had a great response from our calls, I do believe that is something that is worth pursuing, but I just hate that this is negative publicity for what our volunteers are doing because we do greatly appreciate what our volunteers are doing this was just a technicality," said Allen.   

A violation of the Texas Election Code is a Class B misdemeanor, but Lubbock County Wins is not looking to press any charges, but just to make the public aware.

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