Ohio Democrat Corruption
The Akron Beacon Journal RIPS Democrats for the scandalous nature of Governor Strickland’s gambling proposal:
As Gov. Ted Strickland and state lawmakers reached a budget deal late last week, the dismaying story began to emerge about how electronic slot machines, or video lottery terminals, became the indispensable source of revenue. Julie Carr Smyth of the Associated Press cited the swarm of lobbyists commanding the Statehouse, gambling interests of all kinds looking to get their way.
The winners? Those seven horse racetracks where the 17,500 electronic slots will be located. Just a coincidence that Mountaineer Gaming, the owner of Scioto Downs in Columbus, includes among its lobbyists Kimberly Redfern, the wife of Chris Redfern, the state Democratic Party chairman? Or that Alan Melamed, a close friend and adviser of Speaker Armond Budish, represents the Ohio Legacy Fund, a consortium of Ohio racetracks?
Julie Carr Smyth reported that Mountaineer began lobbying the governor early, joined by Intralot, now positioned to handle the slots. Hard to shake the unseemly impression: The Democratic governor and speaker avoid a dreaded tax increase. Meanwhile, influential allies reap a portion of the benefit.
And the governor called the maneuvers of Senate Republicans ”disgusting”? Is this what he meant when he declared that he owned the slots issue?