Unlike other candidates for mayor, Dan Conley says he's neither for nor against a casino at Suffolk Downs. But he says he wants the entire city to vote on it, not just East Boston - because the ramifications of a casino go far beyond one neighborhood.
Conley said today that if the Suffolk Downs plan is voted down while he's mayor, he'd promptly sue to block another casino proposal in Everett:
Like the East Boston proposal, the Wynn proposal was voted on in just one community, while residents and businesses from Charlestown to Somerville and beyond will bear its traffic, economic, and social burdens but receive none of the proposed benefits. The burdens of a casino don't stop at the lines drawn on a map. Neither should we allow those artificial lines to define the limits of a public debate that is sorely needed.
His complete statement is attached.