Increasingly, the governor’s casino gambling initiative is looking like a chess game. Now the governor is telling us he may present the legislation allowing casino gambling to the senate before the house in order to sidestep the negativity of many house members, including the leadership. By sending the legislation to the senate first, the governor hopes to gain momentum with the senate passing his bill and sending it on to the house, which would then be under considerable pressure to approve it – much more so than if the house received the legislation first.
Suffolk Downs looks like a sure bet as a casino. Wonderland, we understand, refused to be bought by Suffolk owner Richard Fields before the governor’s plan was revealed. Now Fields is apparently uninterested in adding Wonderland to his stable, so to speak.
What a difference a few weeks makes.