Sunday, February 20, 2011
My Jeff Story
The Liquor industry sued saying the reform was unconstitutional and Jeff Bingaman took on the job of personally defending our reforms in a week long trial where I was beaten up unmercifully by the industry. One day as we were leaving an especially bad day in court where the Judge seemed to side on every issue with the plaintiffs, Jeff came up to me and said, "Don't worry, the Judge is just making those other guys feel good. I think we will win." And sure enough we took all the marbles. In fact, the industry lost some incentives that had been built into the new law. They brought the lawsuit and ended up screwing themselves badly.
I tell this story because Jeff's instincts were so good. That is why he served us as a U.S. Senator for 30 years.
I will be on the road for a week but posting regularly. I have board meetings in California with stops along the way.