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  • Twitter Gov. Eric Holcomb joins the thousands of Hoosiers marking the first Sunday of legal alcohol sales. 

Wednesday, March 07, 2018 1:00 am

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A toast to change of heart

Gov. Eric Holcomb was among the thousands of Hoosiers who bought alcohol on the first Sunday sales were allowed under a law he signed last week with a clause making it effective immediately.

The governor selected a craft beer by Indiana's 3 Floyds Brewing Co. at Goose the Market, a specialty food and wine purveyor in Indianapolis. He tweeted photos and videos to his 14,000-plus Twitter followers.

“Long overdue, but the good news is we are here,” Holcomb told a reporter who asked what he was thinking as he carried three six-packs of beer up a flight of stairs.

The governor's viewpoint changed dramatically in less than 18 months. At a debate in late October 2016, Holcomb clearly stated his opposition to Sunday sales.

“I do not favor it. I think alcohol is still a legally controlled substance in Indiana and we need to make sure we can do that,” he said.

His challengers disagreed. Both Libertarian Rex Bell and Democrat John Gregg said they supported Sunday sales.