Mass. politician says: 'No casino in my hometown'

Nov 25, 2013 10:12 AM

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, a powerful driving force behind the legislation that permits three casinos and one racino to be built in the Commonwealth, was quoted over the weekend as saying he would oppose locating a gambling house in his hometown of Winthrop.

That follows the comments of Gov. Deval Patrick, who said he was against authorizing a casino in his “second” hometown of Richmond.

DeLeo, however, qualified his remarks by saying that Winthrop does not have a suitable location for a casino.

“Winthrop doesn’t have enough space, so let me just put that right out there. If Winthrop (which is directly across the waterway ffrom Suffolk Downs in East Boston) was in another location and we had enough space, I’d say so. We’re having difficulty right now just trying to figure out where to put a high school and a middle school combination, but obviously, I would be supportive if I lived in a place with proper space.”

So far, only the communities of Everett, Taunton and Springfield have voted to host casinos in their cities. An effort is being made by opponents to place a referendum on next year’s ballot to outlaw casino gambling.

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