Casino Effort Turns Ugly in Foxboro

April 25, 2012
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Before the state’s Gambling Commission gets down to the business of awarding a license to an applicant in either East Boston/Revere or Foxboro, they will have to ask themselves collectively this question: which area is more suited to a casino and which area needs the economic boost more than the other and which area wants the facility?

These questions, among others, will inevitably be asked by the commission.

Based on what they feel is the right place, at the right time for the license will be granted the right to open a casino.

Recent troubling events in Foxboro reveal that town to be split and at odds about whether or not to allow potential casino operator Steve Wynn to make a presentation to the selectmen.

The Robert Kraft/Wynn front men and communication specialists have been saturating town with pro-casino literature and promises. In addition, there are several selectmen races going on in town which will be decided in early May – and those races will determine whether or not the Kraft/Wynn proposal gains some legs or goes down for the count.

Recent news events out of Foxboro indicate that tensions and emotions are running high among townspeople against the coming of a casino and among those wanting the town to consider the proposition.

This has produced reactions that have been largely absent from the East Boston/Revere nexus where polling has shown – and peoples’ civility to one another about the idea has shown as well – that area residents are not divided about a casino coming. In fact, it is believed a large majority welcomes the development of Suffolk Downs into a casino.

Here, most people see the casino as a job and tax revenue creator. Both are badly needed here, much more so than a casino is needed in Foxboro where unemployment is low and where many local people are already employed at Gillette Stadium by the Patriots.

In Foxboro, recently, an unemployed union worker living on the same street as a Foxboro selectman who is against the casino going there, threatened to kill the selectman with an axe and used some very angry and aggressive language. He was arrested last Wednesday and released on $5000 cash bail.

The court ordered him to stay away from the selectman.

However, the selectman chose to go into hiding with his family fearing retribution by his neighbor, who has a long criminal record riddled with violence against a number of individuals.

This incident by itself has unsettled Foxboro in a dramatic way.

In addition, the Kraft Group’s mailing last month concerning a billboard controversy with the town, in which a town official was castigated, has been ruled an “electioneering” issue by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance.

Kraft portrayed a selectman by name as the cause for the breakdown in Kraft’s relationship with the town. By identifying her by name 90 days before a town election, the Kraft Group was required to make a filing itemizing the expenditure and had not done so.

This swirl of negative activity related directly to town politics and the coming of a casino is not being replicated in Revere or East Boston, where both cities are working together to advocate for Suffolk Downs to get a casino license.

Inevitably, the Gambling Commission will take all of this into consideration prior to the granting of a license.

As a result, things are looking up for the Suffolk Downs proposal soon to be made to the Gambling Commission.

  • ScrapwithW

    It belongs at Suffolk Downs, NOT in small towm Foxboro! We DO NOT WANT A CASINO IN FOXBORO!!!!!

  • foxboro resident

    Foxboro residents deserve the American right to VOTE on this issue and not be stopped by a vocal group. Let it come to a vote. That’s the democratic process!!!!!!!!

  • Carlo

    You got the story wrong. The looney-toon union man threatening with the ax was for the casino and was threatening the selectman who was against the casino. Pretty important fact.

  • Cathy

    Dear Foxboro Resident,
    We are a representative government not a straight democracy. We vote for people to represent our beliefs and values. Why a portion of this town doesn’t understand their own government is beyond me.

  • Pete

    Ahem. ALLEGEDLY threatened. The man has denied the accusations.

  • Evreader

    Foxboro already has the infrastructure to host a casino as they already have the stadium there.  The highway going by Suffolk Downs is only two lanes – the traffic would be ridiculous.  East Boston/Revere does not need a casino.  Put a nice housing development there with lots of trees and a park with a lake, get rid of the oil tanks and convert the housing project to condos to upgrade the entire area!  

  • John

     Oh right you are Pete, innocent until proven guilty.  I do truly believe in that, but if you live in Foxboro and you know the selectman you would not be questioning this.  It sounds to me like you are on the pro Foxboro casino or JFF Propaganda Machine side.  I am against the casino in Foxboro as a matter of fact I am against all casinos anywhere.  I am not a gambling man but if I where I’d  bet all of the prisons are full of men that have denied thier accusitions!  I would also bet that this guy has denied the accusations every time that  he was sent to jail for felony assault or parole violation.  

     

  • John

     Evreader, I live in Foxboro and I am against the casino in Foxboro as a matter of fact I am against all casinos anywhere.  I will do whatever it takes to stop this beast from swallowing up our town but I will not throw other people our towns under the bus in doing so.  I will not say things like Foxboro and their surrounding small town communities already have to deal with a stadium and Foxboro doesn’t have the infrastructure and existing public transportation and airport like the city.  You can spin it anyway you like or you can say a casino doesn’t belong in Foxboro or East Boston!  Good luck all of us and don’t give up!

  • John

    Carlo made a very important comment. ” You got the story wrong. The looney-toon union man threatening with the
    ax was for the casino and was threatening the selectman who was against
    the casino. Pretty important fact.”  As far as I am concerned that is the ugliest fact so far, how can you get something that important WRONG? 

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