There's just not enough garlic in the world to keep this guy away.
Indian Gaming Attorney and all-around vampire Dennis Whittlesey, who helped draft the Intergovernmental agreement between Middleboro and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe proves in a recent article that he's not ready to close the coffin door just yet.
Perhaps, sensing a recent drop in state-wide Kool-aid levels, he felt compelled to step in and offer a transfusion of his own. Which would explain this:
Read the newspapers in Boston these days and you will conclude that casino gaming is not coming to Massachusetts anytime soon. The cards are folded, the chips are in storage and New England casino workers are interviewing at Foxwoods for jobs with the Seminole Tribe in Florida. But don't bet your mortgage on that conclusion. The one certainty is that casino gaming is coming to Massachusetts - and sooner than meets the eye.Look into my eyes...
The major blow to the Governor's dream came when House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi decided to oppose the casino plan, arguing that expanded gaming would drain revenue from other businesses and increase personal bankruptcies, petty crimes and other social ills. In this, DiMasi ignored the reality of gaming activity already being pursued by Bay State residents, who wager substantial sums at Connecticut and Rhode Island casinos. And, he also ignored the certainty of Indian gaming commencing in Massachusetts within the next several years.The 'Governor's dream'... (hee hee) don't you just love that? Makes it sound like it's right up there with world peace and universal health care. (Of course, according to Dennis, it probably is.) And did you also notice how he's jumping right on the Blame DiMasi bandwagon? Because it couldn't possibly have had ANYTHING to do with doing the right thing... (But then, casinos are always the right thing for Dennis and his law firm.) And as far as the money going to Connecticut, trust me, that chestnut was rolled out more times than a phyllo dough during the debate and hearings. My head still throbs from the non-stop mantra at the State House. But please Dennis, do not even get me started about the 'certianty of Indian gaming commencing in Massachusetts'
You're getting sleepy...
...when previous Florida Governors refused to negotiate a Compact with the Seminole Tribe, the Seminoles simply developed several Class II gaming facilities which quickly became some of the most profitable casinos in the country.Um... yeah because the nearest competition was 600 miles away - unlike having the world's two largest casinos only two hours away.
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is the tribe that met the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock;Um... wrong again, Dennis. Might I suggest reading New York Times bestseller Mayflower? Or at least not getting your 'facts' from pro-casino web sites.
It will only hurt for a moment...
...on July 28 by what has been called the largest Town Meeting ever conducted in New England. The Town Meeting vote was 2-1 in favor of the tribal casino.Dennis, I know you were there. Don't you remember how the agreement was approved, but the town voted overwhelmingly that it DIDN'T want a casino. Not to mention that, while the vote on the agreement was close to 2-1, it still missed out on the cigar. So... sorry again. Where are you getting this stuff?
A vampire can only enter your home if you invite him in. And I specifically remember that last summer the Middleboro board of selectmen wanted to find a lawyer specializing in Indian gaming law so that they could get the best advice possible. That's when Adam opened the door to Dennis.
So, did Middleboro actually get any real advice? Or did they just get the inevitability hard sell by a casino-selling lawyer pretending to work both sides of the Tribal gaming street?
Remember folks, a vampire will always try to hypnotize you right before going for the jugular and stealing your life's blood. That's what they do. They're vampires. And as a result, Middleboro's selectmen are now vampire minion by mandate.
Quick, someone hand me a stake.