Leggett Edges Toward Slots Announcement
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett dropped more hints today that he is preparing to part with his long standing opposition to slots, and said he would formally announce his position on the referendum by the end of the week.
For more than a decade, Leggett has spoken out against state-sponsored gambling, but he has recently signaled that his position has evolved as Maryland budget writers have fewer options to balance the state's books.
"The other option is further cuts and reductions to local communities," he said during an interview with the Post's editorial board. "There are no perfect solutions."
Leggett has been lobbied heavily by slots opponents, including many of Montgomery's elected officials. He met earlier today with Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), one of the most outspoken voices against the ballot measure that would allow 15,000 slot machines throughout the state.
"The easiest thing to do politically in Montgomery County would be to do nothing," Leggett said of taking a position.
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