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Franchot Breaks From Democrats in Gambling Ad

State comptroller speak out in opposition to expanded gambling while many in his party back Question 7.

State Comptroller Peter Franchot is breaking from most in his party and appearing in a radio ad opposing expanded gambling in Maryland.

Franchot, a long-time opponent of gambling, has frequently criticized the use of gambling to balance the state budget or pay for programs such as education.

"I can very clearly tell the people of Maryland there is no new education money coming from this casino," Franchot said in the commercial posted on Youtube and running on local radio stations.

Franchot's position runs contrary to many of his fellow Democrats in the state including Gov. Martin O'Malley, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Former Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr.

All have appeared in commercials favoring the passage of Question 7, which would expand gambling in the state including adding table games and a sixth casino—most likely at National Harbor.

Proponents say the new casino, in addition to adding thousands of jobs, will add millions to education spending in the state—a claim opponents say is misleading.

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Karl Schuub November 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It's all about the money...when they've blown through the casino money by george let's have hookers working for the state; perfect. We can skim at least 10% off the top and when they've blown through the gambling money and the hooker money what then? Maybe the state can produce porno movies...awesome.
Dean Smith November 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Hey Djp952!! It will be hard for Maryland Live to go away but I disagree that it can never happen. Casinos have been in Maryland before (I think it was in the 50s and 60s but it was before my time) and later on, they went away. Like the two of you state, I hate that Maryland Live is near Arundel Mills Mall (which is just down the street from my house). Also, in this real estate market, it isn’t easy to sell one’s house (especially by a Casino) and get enough money from it to obtain the percentage needed to move someone else. Also, I can’t understand how the state can agree with Cordish and allow Question 7 to have casino being able to operate 24/7 near a mall which is within a residential neighborhood.
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