at Issue in Governors Race
- The governors race finds both candidates at odds on casino
issues, including casino expansion in parts of Connecticut other
than the southeast where the states Foxwood
Resort Casino and Mohegan
Sun are located.
understand that Connecticut voters are worried that another tribe
could receive federal acknowledgment and the right to open a casino.
The pressure will likely increase between now and Election Day.
federal Bureau of Indian Affairs granted recognition to the Eastern
Pequot Tribe in North Stonington. The state is now appealing that
decision. Republican Gov. John G. Rowland has long taken a hands-off
approach to tribal recognition and tribal gambling issues, but he
is supporting the Pequot decision appeal. His Democratic rival,
Bill Curry, opponent of casino development, claims Rowland has a
history of supporting gambling, from a failed 1995 proposal to build
a casino in Bridgeport to accepting campaign contributions from
Rowland, Curry is trying to distort his record. "What some
of my opponents are suggesting is that (I) want to put the casino
in other parts of Fairfield County
," Rowland told reporters
recently. "If you would report the truth and report true statements,
you cannot show anywhere and you ought to write this story
that I've ever supported a casino anywhere except for eight
years ago in Bridgeport, Connecticut."