Trump has major plan for Conn.

Aug 13, 2002 12:43 PM

Casino king Donald Trump has thrown the gauntlet down in Connecticut, making an all-out effort to become a player in the state.

The Boston Herald reported that Trump is looking to use a long-standing deal with the Paucatuck Eastern Pequots as a launching pad to become the official casino developer for the newly-unified tribe.

Trump warned that he would wage a lengthy legal battle that could drag on for years if he was not chosen. If he does get the Pequots’ backing, work could start on a giant new casino within months that could eventually compete with Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.

"We have some very good sites. We could start work quickly," said Trump, who has reportedly spent $12 million developing Connecticut casino plans.

A logical site for Trump’s casino venture would be Plainfield and its struggling dog track. The town is north of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, about 30 minutes from the Massachusetts Turnpike.

"The tribe is more focused right now on creating their government," said spokeswoman Nancy Tyler. "Mr. Trump will have to do what he feels he has to do."