Franchot Predicts Slots Will Fail

via the WaPo’s Maryland Moment pseudoblog:

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) rallied on the steps of the state Treasury Building with a couple dozen slots opponents. He said he believes the slots measure could fail in the legislature’s special session and that supporters are pushing the “panic button.”

“The tide is turning in our favor and the forces of evil are on the defensive,” Franchot said. Franchot called legalizing slot machines a “sleazy, predatory, corrupt, regressive tax on poor people.”

“This divisive and corrosive debate about slots has consumed all our energy,” Franchot said. He said Marylanders are being held hostage to the national gaming industry.

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I think it’s safe to say that Franchot and the governor do not have a close personal relationship.

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