With Tom Menino reviving his push for "resort casinos" in Massachusetts, two of his opponents for mayor are saying not so fast.
Although Menino did not specify sites for these casinos this time around, in the past, he's pushed for one at Suffolk Downs. John Romano, spokesman for City Councilor Michael Flaherty, said it would be "irresponsible" to even suggest a casino in East Boston without first getting the approval of East Boston residents, who would bear the brunt of new traffic and congestion from a casino.
Kevin McCrea said a casino is just the wrong idea for Boston - but added he'd want to see a referendum and would abide by whatever the vote is.
"There are places like Ecuador and Moldova and Cambodia that have casinos, and none seem to be the economic model that we want to emulate," he said, adding that Las Vegas now leads the nation in foreclosures. "Boston's a great city now without a casino."
While he acknowledged the state now loses revenue to casinos and slot parlors in Connecticut and Rhode Island, he said Boston needs to balance that against the 10,000 to 15,000 gambling addicts he says a new casino would generate - and on the fact that gambling preys far more on the poor.
Sam Yoon could not be reached for comment this afternoon.