Is Deval Patrick all in on casinos?
Last week, the governor reminded us that he cares about his gambling palaces when he picked up the phone and asked gambling commissioner Stephen Crosby to delay his decision on whether Boston qualifies as a host community. It was the first time the two had spoken on casino issues since the governor appointed Crosby to the post three years ago.
To the rest of us, it came as a shock because the casino law has come under so much fire — a movement to repeal it, lawsuits over the licensing process, residents upset about the casino next door — that you’d think Patrick would have long ago come to its rescue.
But was the call really about saving casinos, or was he just doing a favor for his new BFF Marty Walsh, who needed help slowing down the licensing process?
No one expects Patrick and his groupies to trumpet legalized gambling as part of his legacy. His greatest hits list will be all about the $1 billion life sciences initiative, the creation of a clean-tech sector, and improving education.
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