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Pr. Geo. Dems: No Advice on Slots

Rosalind Helderman

A deeply divided Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee voted last night to offer county party members no guidance about how to vote on Maryland's slots referendum in November.

A sizable portion of the committee wanted to tell voters they should vote "no" on the question -- a proposal to do exactly that died on a 11 to 12 vote. But other committee members suggested taking a position on the issue could "cloud" support for Sen. Barack Obama (D), by highlighting a divisive issue. No committee members supported advising voters to approve the referendum.

Opposition to the slots referendum runs deep in Prince George's, where many influential church leaders are against the proposal. Some opponents argue that gambling targets residents living in low-income neighborhoods, like some of Prince George's inner-beltway communities.

Still, urging residents to vote "no" on the referendum would represent a repudiation by the local party of Democratic leaders Gov. Martin O'Malley and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert). Both support slots as a way to raise revenue, as the state faces economic hard times. Miller's district includes part of Prince George's.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, a prominent opponent of slots, was present last night to urge a "no" vote by the committee.

"We need you," Franchot told committee members. "We need you because all the powers that be say you gotta have this. Mike Miller says, you gotta have this. He's said it for years. He's wrong."

The local party's recommendations on referenda are included on sample ballots handed out at the polls on Election Day, considered an important way to sway voters in the overwhelmingly Democratic county.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 10, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
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Comments

Does Mr. Franchot, our Comptroller, have any ideas for increaing revenues or tax collections or saving tax dollars (like eliminating some of his staff)? Or is he too busy campaigning against Gov. O'Malley to do his job?

Posted by: Eileen Schempp | September 10, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

"But other committee members suggested taking a position on the issue could 'cloud' support for Sen. Barack Obama (D), by highlighting a divisive issue."

WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS MEAN?!?!?!?!? Obama is a lock in Maryland. It doesn't matter what the PGDCC does, he will still win. Everyone knows that. So this is BS.

The Washington Post really owes its readers the facts. What is the roll call of these votes?

Some decisions by local central committees are hugely important. So the people making those decisions need to be held up to public accountability. WashPost, do your job. Tell us who on this committee voted for and against slots!!!

Posted by: Puh-leaze | September 10, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Eileen, you're onto something, but a bit misdirected. Considering slots revenue as a long term solution to the budget issue is a sign that MD has given up...this is the best the leadership of MD can come up with as a solution? I'm with Franchot...keep pointing out the stupidity of this solution, keep hammering the dolts who are promoting it...get them to show that they have the guts and ability to cut state spending before they push an idea as stupid as this. I left MD 15 years ago, and when I see the dumb ass ideas like this being promulgated by the leadership, I'm glad I did. You poor people...you've given up. If you want a way out, then take some ownership and throw the bums out...it can't get any worse.

Posted by: bigtime | September 10, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I was there last night and it was the same orchestrated public performance as previous rigged-votes.

They couldn't help weighing-in on non-partisan Board of Education recommendations or electing a Republican to fill-out a Democratic state senator's term, but they don't have the guts to cross O'Malley or Mike Miller head on.

2010 can't come soon enough.


Posted by: PG'er | September 11, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Helderman writes:

“A sizable portion of the committee wanted to tell voters they should vote "no" on the question -- a proposal to do exactly that died on a 11 to 12 vote. But other committee members suggested taking a position on the issue could "cloud" support for Sen. Barack Obama (D), by highlighting a divisive issue. No committee members supported advising voters to approve the referendum.”


PG’er I’m with you on this one. Seems like the people opposed to the anti slots position are afraid to be identified as pro slots. They are trying to have it both ways. What a bunch of spineless Camel-W**kers. They likely wouldn’t take a position on the spelling of their own names.

Several people advocated voting NO. Zero people advocated voting YES, but the YES sentiment won out in the vote. Then some try to suggest that taking a position “could” “cloud” support for Obama. In PG, in MD, I don’t think so. That tactic is the democratic equivalent of saying Sarah Palin has foreign policy experience because she lives near Russia. Gimme a break!

Posted by: Count Bobulescu | September 12, 2008 2:00 AM | Report abuse

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