Corbett: Women Want Liquor Law Reform So They Can Speed Up Dinner Prep

On a Pennsylvania TV show in July, Tom Corbett said women should want liquor law reform because it will allow them to prepare dinner more quickly.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett would no doubt like to shore up his female support before the election. One way he could do it: Pointing out his support of liquor law reform! Sure, that doesn’t seem like a women’s issue, particularly, but it’s something a lot of Pennsylvanians support.

And, hey, here’s a quote from last month: “I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women, want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a 6 pack or two 6 packs, buy dinner and go home rather than what I described as 3 stops in Pennsylvania.”

The clip, from an episode of The Sam Lesante Show in late July, was posted to YouTube Tuesday by Fresh Start PA, a Democratic political PAC working to elect Tom Wolf and other Dem candidates this year. The Lesante Show is a Hazleton program from the almost eponymous Sam-Son Productions.

While we’re trading in stereotypes here, as a 31-year-old bachelor I’d like to be able to pick up a six-pack and a bottle of wine at a supermarket and take it home so I can order pizza.

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  • terrapinseason

    I bet what they want more than that is to have, or be married to someone who has, a full-time job with a decent salary and health insurance. That will be a thing of the past if liquor stores are sold off, and we will see more part-time, low-paying retail jobs.

    • blurb

      Or there would be thousands more small business owners running private liquor stores, as in neighboring states, instead of zero in PA.

      • montani semper liberi

        I’m sure Pennsylvania Christians just love the idea of mom, pop, and the kids too, liquor stores on every corner next to Wawa.

        • Presbyton

          I doubt that would happen?

  • Guest

    you took some kind of offense to that quote as a stereotype? Women going to the store and buying dinner on their way home? Wow.

    • me

      Yes because he didn’t mean that men and women shop and make dinner, he meant women (i.e. wives) shop and make dinner. That’s just a symbol of his out-dated thinking.

      • Dan

        He was saying it would be convenient for someone trying to make dinner. Stop with the selective outrage it is pathetic.

        • montani semper liberi

          Particularly, a lot of the women. His words precisely. Your words? Not so much. .

          • Dan

            So what was wrong with that? A lot of women cook dinner, so what? Does this make you uncomfortable somehow? I cook dinner too as a guy. You, like this website, are trying to imply he thinks only women cook dinner, in a 1950s kind of way. You are putting words in his mouth for your own victim card status. It is very transparent and sad.

  • Byron C Mayes

    Liquor reform is the one thing this guy got right, and this is the best he can do at articulating why it’s a good thing? Not just a weak argument, but a weak argument wrapped in a sexist statement.


    • Dan

      What was sexist about it? He was talking about convenience. He didn’t say all women cook dinner. You are being blinded by your own partisanship. This is selective and outrageous outrage, nothing more. When President Obama talks about having more young black men in the workplace is he suggesting all black men don’t work? This is ridiculous logic on your part and left wing rag, I mean Philly mag

      • montani semper liberi

        The issue here is that women will understand the sexism. In case you missed the 19th Amendment, women get to vote now.

        • Dan

          Who made you spokesperson for all women? Where is the sexism? Where? Nothing he said was sexist, stop trying to play sanctimonious victim because everyone sees right through it.

          • Kevin T. Keith

            Go tell that to all the women you know. They’ll be impressed by your superior insight.

          • Leannie

            Who made you spokesperson??? What do you know about sexism??? When was the last time you were falsely stereotyped based on your gender?? Nothing you have stated in this thread emerges from reality, but rather a self-centered, misogynistic tiny mind.

      • Byron C Mayes

        It’s a well-established fact that unemployment among young Black men (and just why did you choose that topic, hmmm? What put it in your head?) is higher than the national average and disproportionate to their numbers. Thus, putting more young Black men to work is remedying an actual problem.

        So unless you are saying that getting greater convenience for kitchen preparations is a problem that only affects women (and that it’s as serious as an out of balance unemployment rate for a significant segment of society) or that said “convenience” is the only reason that a woman could have for being in favor of liquor law reform, then it is *your* logic that is both flawed and ridiculous.

        And I mean literally an appropriate target for ridicule.

        • Dan

          You are missing the point of my comment. I was simply stating, by the virtue of your own standards, mentioning someone who happens to be a woman cooking dinner is sexist by implying they all cook dinner-YOUR implication, not mine. By the same standard you use, someone (President Obama) mentioning more black men need an education to get better jobs would imply by that someone simply by stating we need to address the statistic, is calling all black men uneducated-YOUR ridiculous standard, not mine.

          • Byron C Mayes

            No YOU miss the point (or you choose to ignore it) and again (still, actually) your logic is faulty.

            As stated, Corbett’s comments suggest that the reason women — Not citizens. Not consumers. Not wine drinkers. Women. — should want liquor law reform is an easier time prepping for dinner.

            Not breaking up an unnecessary state monopoly. Not improvement of the business climate through increased free enterprise. Not greater investment in the commonwealth by outside businesses who currently can’t operate here. Not increased access to potential service sector jobs (without a civil service exam). Not even greater selection for those who may be connoisseurs or collectors. Prepping for dinner.

            If you can’t or won’t see the sexism in that, then explaining any further in even the simplest of terms would be a major waste of my time.

            But do check your privilege at some point. Good day.

          • Dan

            If you think white people are privileged you haven’t been to West Virginia or Kentucky.

          • Byron C Mayes

            Ummmm. I was referring to your male privilege. The article here and the ensuing discussion are about a comment our [male] Governor made with regard to women.

            You seem really hung up on race though. So much so that you’ve been trying to insert it here where it literally isn’t even mentioned by anyone. Seriously, what’s that about?

            [Note to anyone else: I’ll just be up front: everything here from this point on is purely for my own Oulipian entertainment. Sort of like the dad who sips imitation tea with his 5-year-old daughter, or that guy on YouTube who “interviewed” the toddler for his opinion on world events.]

  • S

    They’re planning on selling the liquor industry for $380 million. A one time money grab. PA Wine & Spirits Stores did close to $2.2 billion in sales in 2012-13. Definitely makes sense to sell.

    • Byron C Mayes

      Yes, they had $2.17 billion in sales and took in $20 million in fees and fines.

      However, that same period the PLCB had $2.07 billion in expenditures, about half of which — $1.19 billion — was the purchase of wine and spirits alone (an expense the state wouldn’t have if it were not in the alcohol retail business).

      That means that they netted for the Commonwealth of PA, just under $121 million, or less than a third of the proposed sales price. (PLCB actually reports a profit of an even $80 million, so I’m being generous in my math).

      Liquor taxes — which would not go away with privatization (nor would fines and fees) — for that same period amounted to $312 million. That plus increased sales taxes from all of these folks in SE Pennsylvania staying in-state AND the new business income taxes from new businesses that previously couldn’t operate here would more than make up for that paltry amount of profit.

      Yep, it definitely makes sense to sell.

  • Dan

    He obviously was talking about convenience and not demeaning women. This attack is so outrageous it his hard to believe even the left wing extremists at Philadelphia Magazine believe the crap they print. When is the next daily hit piece?

    Corbett 2014.

    • Guest

      One-term Tom.
      Did I mention that I am a registered Republican?

      • Dan

        Want a cookie?

        • Guest

          No thanks. My web browser is full of them.

  • So Done.

    I’d like to stop at the market to get a bit of cannabis to pair with my dinner, without having to stop in jail for a few years.

  • Ebola Nurse

    How dare he imply that women make their families dinner. What a pig!

  • Travis Bickle

    Divisive identity politics has become the foundation of The Democratic Party.

  • Rick Carel

    Re-elect Corbett in 1914!

  • Sam-Son Productions, Inc.

    Fresh Start PA did not get permission to use our video from the show. Please take this link down or link it properly to our true link here: Part 1- Part 2 –

  • section 34

    Statistics show that nationwide women buy more wine than men and they buy a lot more wine at grocery stores than men. Men spend more money on wine at specialty shops.

    So Corbett was just stating the facts. But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good whine.

  • David Stinson

    Talk about a piece of biased Click-Bait. Coming from this “publication” I wouldn’t expect anything less.

  • The GOP’s problem with women in a nutshell: they really are completely clueless as to what women want, what their priorities are, and how they think. They’re sexist as all git-out because they have no idea what the word ‘sexism’ even means. To them, it’s just normal.

  • qcubed

    CONservatives are all stupid and out of touch. They all seem to be stuck in the Thirties. Vote them out…every…last…one.

  • dljen

    November can’t come soon enough, I hope Mr. Wolf will fill the position of this embarrassment of a governor we now have.