BOSTON (AP) – The ongoing casino battle between Gov. Deval Patrick and House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi provided plenty of political fodder at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in South Boston on Sunday.

Patrick, who wants to license three casinos in Massachusetts, serenaded his chief rival on the issue with his own version of the popular theme song for the Foxwoods Resort Casino.

“Let’s vote and build them nice and tall,” Patrick crooned. “Sal, just think about the wonder of it all.”

DiMasi responded with a list of the top five reasons why Patrick’s casino plan will never become law, among them: “Gambling bills are just like casinos, the House always wins.”

“The number one reason why the casino bill is in trouble – Mayor Menino is already planning the casino victory parade,” DiMasi added, a reference to Menino’s premature and ill-fated plans for a Super Bowl victory celebration in Boston.

Senate President Therese Murray, who has largely stayed out of the casino fray, donned a black and white striped referee’s shirt to call fouls on both Patrick and DiMasi for their behavior during the increasingly personal casino fight.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney’s failed bid for president also provided fodder for the traditional political jousting.

Over 800 people attended the breakfast at the Boston Convention Center, including 22 members of a company of Marines from North Carolina.

The Marines were with Lance Cpl. Walter O’Haire of Rockland, Mass., when he was killed in Iraq.



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