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November 8, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Campaign against liquor initiative concedes

A spokesman for the campaign opposing the liquor initiative conceded that the effort to privatize liquor sales in Washington appeared on its way to victory.

No on 1183 spokesman Alex Fryer thanked volunteers, who he said made over 160,000 phone calls opposing the initiative, but said the campaign’s thoughts are with people who he believes will soon be unemployed as a result of the privatization effort.

“We know one thing … we know that over 900 people lost their jobs because of tonight’s vote,” Fryer said.

But he also said a lot of basic questions remain unanswered, such as exactly how many stores will be opened.

“This is something every person, everywhere, is going to see in their community,” he said.

Tom Geiger, communication director for United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, which also opposed the initiative, said he thought the results raised questions about democracy itself.

“If a private company decides to spend tens of millions of dollars to pass a new law, to buy an election, can they do it?” Geiger asked. The voting results, he said, suggests they can.

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