Patrick and Rep. DeLeo are on common ground as election nears

October 14, 2010

Since the failure of the expanded gaming bill went down about two months ago, many people in and out of politics claimed that the governor and the speaker were at odds – in fact that there was a terribly personal rift between the two.

It certainly looked that way with the speaker drawing a line in the sand and refusing to budge when the governor made it clear he would not sign the expanded gaming bill if it included slots for the state’s failing racing tracks.

However, in recent weeks, in private conversations and in public, the speaker has made it crystal clear.

“The governor and I are good friends. He has done a lot for me and we had a great legislative session. I am 100% with the governor in his re-election bid, and all of us should be with him,” DeLeo said Saturday at the Bagel Bin on Shirley Avenue in Revere during a Patrick campaign stop.

“We’ve worked together for pension reform, job creation, health care, and ethics. He’s been there for me and I am there for him,” he added.

DeLeo received an ovation from the crowd at the Revere deli on Saturday when her arrived. It would appear his popularity in Revere has never been greater.

It was the same for the governor – and both democrats exulted in the good feeling flowing inside the deli.

Later on, the governor said he was pleased to have the speaker’s support – and more than that – that he knew that DeLeo’s support is real.

“I don’t think the speaker could fake the speech he made inside the Bagel Bin. It was as real as his support for me and I thank him for it,” said the governor.

Whatever rift existed appears to have coalesced into a true measure of support.

“We all have to work hard for the governor to be re-elected. It is important,” the speaker said.

  • I agree. Now let’s get that three casino-two SEMass racinos bill approved in January 2011.

    We have 10,000 construction jobs, 15,000 casino/racino jobs, $400 million in annual state and local tax revenue, $600 million in annual spending among small and mid-sized businesses by the casinos for goods and revitalized tourism, hospitality and convention and meeting growth at stake.

    Let’s get this done and recapture the $1 billion-plus spent by MA residents at the CT casinos and RI racinos every year, and also start to capture some of the $700 million spent each year by New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island residents at the CT casinos and RI racinos.

    Come on, governor. Get it done. Work with the speaker and let’s approve three casinos and two racinos.

  • mark,

    Unfortunately, the jobs and revenue figures you quoted are wildly exaggerated.

  • mark,

    SugarHouse in PA just opened — Jobs for 800 full-time and 200 part-time casino employees

    Sands Bethlehem projected than construction of a 300 room hotel would employ 350.

    It is estimated that each slot machine permanently removes 1 job from the local economy.

    The Report commissioned by Senator Rosenberg indicated that at best, only 50% of the revenues would be re-captured.

    Have you run the numbers? What will the BLOATED REGULATORY BUREAUCRACY cost? Does that include the expansion of the Attorney General’s Office? What of the local impacts?

    When free alcohol is served 24/7/365, DUIs will increase, just as they have in Connecticut. When Spectrum Gaming prepared a report for the CT DOSR, they included that observation. Surely, you’ve read.

    And what of the increased crime that accompanies SLOTS? Spectrum included that as well.

    A federal report determined that for every $1 in revenue provided by SLOTS, the cost to taxpayers was $3. Is that a reasonable exchange? Do we really want to subsidize wealthy casino investors?

  • The projections on which the Governor and DeLeo based their support are outdated.

    Economics have changed as unemployment has grown and people are saving more money.

    Included in the legislation was a mandate to spend $600 million. For that price, you get a SLOT BARN, much like the warehouse that SugarHouse is. You don’t get an elegant “Destination” anything,
    just Slots in a Box.

    It’s time to re-visit this issue with an Independent Cost Benefit Analysis and some honest public hearings that assess the costs taxpayers will bear.

    Legislation has been crafted behind closed doors with Industry. It’s time for transparency.

    We can do better by creating jobs we can be proud to work, that provide a future and advancement, instead of low wage dead end slot barn jobs.

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