I found it interesting on election night watching the accounting of the vote for the casinos and again reading the Sun Journal. Both Mayor Larry Gilbert and Stavros Mendros blamed the governor and everyone else for the failure to pass the approval of the Lewiston casino.
I was amused by the comment that the “anti-casino” group pumped millions into the campaign. It seemed to me that every time there was anything about the casinos, it was the proponents for it. I really did not see very much of the anti-casino campaign until near the end.
I also thought the “for casinos” group was running some very misleading advertisements. Historically, Maine has opposed the casinos, and the casino in Oxford was not a landslide victory.
My thought, all along, has been, “Shouldn’t we let one get ‘off the ground’ before other casinos are allowed?” That seemed to be a common feeling, at least with the folks that I know.
I feel the governor expressed what a lot of other folks across the state felt and, by the outcome, I think he may have been right.
Sounds to me that there were a couple of “boys” who did not get their way.
Gary Bain, Auburn