CCV and ProgressOhio Join Forces
From the AP:
COLUMBUS, OHIO — Two advocacy groups formed an unlikely alliance Monday to oppose a plan to put casinos in Ohio’s largest cities, temporarily casting aside opposing philosophies to say that casinos would harm Ohio’s economy, increase crime and require increased social spending.
Citizens for Community Values, a socially conservative organization that pushed Ohio’s constitutional amendment against gay marriage in 2004, visited the headquarters of liberal group ProgressOhio. The two organizations, diametrically opposed on most issues, believe that the casino plan will have social and economic costs that outweigh whatever benefit it would bring.
“Nothing comes to mind immediately,” said David Miller, vice president of public policy for Citizens for Community Values, when asked whether he could think of other issues that have brought the two sides together.
But, he added, “I think we care about people. That’s what brings us together here, is the serious impact that gambling is going to have in Ohio if we approve these four casinos.”
I know a lot of the CCV activists, and I can assure you their opposition stems from principle and religious conviction. That is far more honorable than Progress Ohio, who used to employ Sandy Theis, the spokesbabe of the casino-supported anti-Issue 3 campaign. This is just another payday for libertine Brian Rothenberg.
Brian is about as opposed to the expansion of gambling as he is to building of gay bathhouses.