Today’s Globe reports that George Carney, the owner of the Raynham Park dog racing track, has filed suit to keep the proposed ballot question that would ban dog racing off the 2008 ballot. (BMG has endorsed the passage of the question.)
Filing suit is, of course, Carney’s prerogative (though it sure sounds like the suit is baseless). But Carney should not be allowed to get away with making up numbers that appear to have no basis in fact.
If the ban on dog racing wins approval, Carney says, it could eliminate 6,000 to 8,000 jobs at the two tracks.
“Everybody is aware of how tough the economy is in Massachusetts,” he said. “Do they want to put that many people out of work?”
Wow, 6,000 to 8,000 jobs! That’s terrible! It’s also false, as far as we can tell. From a Globe story published a few months ago:
Raynham Park … employs about 350 people, many of them Raynham residents.
So for Carney to be right, the other 5,650 to 7,650 people would have to be working at Wonderland, the state’s only other dog racing park, which is a smaller operation than Raynham. Doesn’t sound very likely to me.
Bottom line: Carney’s numbers appear to be grossly, wildly inflated. Let’s hope our MSM friends catch on and challenge him on his facts.