While bourbon might be the catalyst some use for camaraderie, Portland’s local government is finding it more so a source of controversy. In late 2020, scrutiny swirls around the chairperson of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) as documents indicate the chairperson used his position to obtain a case of a rare and expensive bourbon, Elmer T. Lee, for a friend.
Digging into the Records
As per the documents available, the OLCC chairperson made efforts to track down a case of Elmer T. Lee, a bourbon that’s hard to find and sells at a premium. Emails were sent, phone calls were made, and through the powers vested in him, a case was secured.
The Bourbon in Focus – Elmer T. Lee
To comprehend the magnitude of the situation, it’s better to understand the uniqueness of the bourbon in question. Elmer T. Lee holds a reputation as one of the bourbons that initiated and propelled the premium bourbon trend. Its scarcity and supreme quality make it a preferred choice for bourbon aficionados.
Who is Elmer T. Lee?
Elmer T. Lee was a prominent figure in the bourbon industry, who breathed life into Buffalo Trace Distillery. He’s credited with launching the first-ever single barrel bourbon which revolutionized the bourbon industry in the 1980s. Today, the bourbon named after him is respected as one of the prime offerings from the distillery.
The Friend Connection
Upon obtaining the case of this rare bourbon, the documents indicate that the OLCC chairperson gifted it to “a long-time friend.” The identity of the friend is yet undisclosed, which further brews the controversy and raises questions about the chairperson’s actions.
The Ethical Line and its Crossing
The actions of the OLCC chairperson have brought up several ethical issues. Using a position of power and public resources for personal gain or to do a favor inevitably questions the ethical integrity of the person involved. In this case, the eyebrows are raised higher because the OLCC is expected to control and regulate the flow of alcohol in the state, unswervingly adhering to the rules, fairness and judiciary diligence.
The Upcoming Fallout
The OLCC chairperson’s actions have created a stir in the local government and general public sphere, and have left many contemplating the potential consequences. Some are calling for an immediate investigation into the matter with potential repercussions, including re-evaluation of the role and responsibilities of the OLCC chairperson.
While the taste and aroma of Elmer T. Lee bourbon might fade over time, the allegations against the OLCC chairperson seem to be on course for a long hangover. The immediate aftermath of the situation will be watched closely by Oregonians, as they look forward to righteous actions and a brighter, more ethically uncompromised future.