I never weighed in on Casino gambling (never a fan-could have been persuaded)…but this has been one of Deval’s center piece issues (it certainly has gotten the most media attention and occupied lots of his time).
But this, this is unbelievable. He skips town on the day of the vote that was not only a defeat, but a political embarrassment. Sure if he stayed around, he would have lost the vote. But he may not have gotten embarrassed. Even if he still lost big, he OWED it to the folks who were in the trenches fighting for HIS bill to provide support by being there.
He could have canceled these out-of-town appointments. Even New York book publishers would understand when they get the call, “It’s the Governor of Massachusetts Office, an important matter is before the Legislature and he must reschedule.”
But no, Deval went. That says a lot about the man and it’s not good.