Scott Harshbarger isn’t morally opposed to casinos. He just thinks they’re a bad bet for gamblers and unnecessary in a state with much better options for economic development.
In the 1990s, he took a stand against them during two terms as state attorney general and has been fighting their advance ever since. Harshbarger’s battle seemed lost in November 2011, when Governor Deval Patrick signed the Expanded Gaming Act into law. But two years later, the war isn’t over and Harshbarger may yet be part of a winning crusade.