We have unabashed slot booster David L. Flynn apparently bucking for the job of Speakeer:
State Representative David L. Flynn, the most senior member of the House, said last night that five colleagues have approached him and asked him to serve as interim speaker in the event that House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi steps down as a result of the ethics controversies swirling around him.
Flynn’s disclosure and the open discussion of DiMasi’s future is stark evidence of declining discipline in the chamber and eroding support for DiMasi, who has been speaker since 2004 and has held an iron grip on the chamber.
If I recall, the Patrick administration tried to torpedo DiMasi just before the hearing on Patrick’s casino legislation – alleging that DiMasi used his influence to get a software contract awarded to a friend of his.
Whenever Flynn is involved in something, talk of slot machines is never far behind:
If he were to ascend to the speakership, it would have a dramatic impact on the question whether to install slot machines at the state’s four racetracks, which he has advocated for years. Flynn’s district, which is based in Bridgewater and Raynham, includes the Raynham-Taunton Greyhound Park. DiMasi has opposed any efforts to allow the tracks to install slot machines.
Given the history of efforts to bring gambling to Massachusetts and Middleboro, be very suspicious of seemingly unrelated events that lead you down the casino garden path.
Who’d have thought a little old land sale in Middleboro would bring a $1B community-altering, high-impact, tax-free business to town?
The whole thing stinks to me. What I see is gambling interests trying to take down one of the biggest gambling opponents. While odious, it would fit right in with the way gambling interests operate.