Anti-Slots Group Asks McDonough To Recuse Himself
A leading anti-slots group is calling on new Secretary of State John P. McDonough to recuse himself from crafting ballot language for a fall referendum on whether Maryland should legalize up to 15,000 slot machines.
McDonough has served as a lawyer for Rosecroft Raceway in Prince George's County. Approving language for ballot questions is one of the varied responsibilities that falls to the secretary of state in Maryland.
Given McDonough's past representation of a gambling interest, "your ability to carry out this responsibility in an impartial fashion is very much in doubt," Scott Arceneaux, senior adviser to Marylander United To Stop Slots, wrote in a letter to McDonough dated yesterday. Arceneaux asks for a reply by tomorrow.
A spokesman for McDonough, who was appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), a slots supporter, said McDonough declined to comment. An O'Malley spokesman took a pass as well.
When asked about this issue during a recent news conference announcing his appointment, McDonough likened himself to an umpire whose job it is to call balls and strikes as he sees them.
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