Weinstein ponders future


First Posted: 5/7/2009

LUMBERTON Although he says he would definitely consider becoming the next chairman of the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Commission if offered the job, state Sen. David Weinstein this morning he wasnt ready to say he definitely will not seek re-election to his Senate seat.
This will probably be my last term, said Weinstein, who is serving his seventh two-year term. But who knows? Things can change.
Weinstein said he believes it is time for the younger generation to take over government leadership positions.
Ill be 73, said Weinstein, who is a newlywed. Its time for younger people to get involved in Robeson County and state government. We need new ideas. We need change
Weinstein said that he has not heard anything from Gov. Beverly Perdue about her intentions for filling the ABC position a position that pays nearly $110,000 a year and regulates alcohol sales but that he has indicated to the governor his interest in the ABC chairmanship.
Whoever fills the position will be replacing Doug Fox of Wilmington. Fox resigned Tuesday after the Charlotte Observer and the News & Observer newspapers report that he had sent an e-mail with racist overtones concerning President Obama.
This position carries a lot of interest with me. ABC law intrigues me. the senator said. The system needs to be modernized and improved.
Weinstein, both as a former mayor of Lumberton and a state legislator, has worked to expand alcohol sales in Lumberton as a means of bolstering the local economy. Under legislation he sponsored in the late 1990s, a zone near Interstate 95 in Lumberton was created where bars and restaurants could sell liquor by the drink. Prior to creation of the zone, Lumberton restaurants could only serve beer and wine, although customers could brown bag liquor to be consumed with their dinners.
When determined in court that the liquor zone was in violation of the states constitution, a referendum was held in Lumberton and the sale of liquor was approved citywide.
Weinstein did not know anyone else Perdue might be considering for the position.

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