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Franchot: Won't Get In Gutter On Slots

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot (D), a leading slots opponent, tried to turn the tables on slots supporters in a fundraising solicitation over the weekend.

In an email Friday, For Maryland For Our Future, a pro-slots group, announced it was starting to air television ads in order to counter information put out by Franchot. The ads, which are airing only in the Baltimore market, make no mention of the comptroller, but the email detailed at some length Franchot's past support of slots while a Montgomery delegate.

In an email Saturday seeking donations for the anti-slots cause, Franchot fired back with the following:

"This slots referendum campaign isn't about any one person; it's about the future of Maryland. I refuse to get in the gutter with the Annapolis crowd who wants to allow foreign gambling tycoons to spend millions of dollars amending Maryland's Constitution and send your hard-earned money to out-of-state casino executives and other special interests. This important vote is about whether we're going to sit idly by and let the pro-slots forces - the same people who just approved the largest tax increase in state history - gamble with our economic future."

Franchot's email asked for contributions of $15, $25, $50 or more by the end of the day Sunday, the deadline for the first reporting period for ballot-issue committees raising money for the slots referendum. Those contributions should be made public Friday.

By John Wagner  |  October 6, 2008; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  John Wagner , Slots  
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Franchot is pathetic - appealing to zenophobia by invoking "foreign gambling tycoons". Marylanders are smarter than that. His is simply a calculated political position that he hopes will propel him beyond being the state bean counter. Lest we forget, this strong moral position is being taken by a guy who was pro slots as a legislator - give us a break Franchot. How about spending a few hours per week on the job you were elected to do - would that be asking too much? What a joke. He has zero solutions for how we bridge the structural gap between the state's expenditures and its tax receipts. How does he propose we raise the funds then without slots? Franchot dunking contests at local county fairs could be a nice start!

Posted by: mrosen3 | October 6, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Franchot, a typical Maryland democrat, smug, conceited and blatantly condescending with his racist statements about foreigners.

Posted by: Mario | October 6, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

This guy is a complete jerk who is shirking his actual responsibilities in order to grandstand and campaign for governor...

Posted by: billyc123 | October 7, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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