Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Gambling: A Republican Family Value

Turns out Tom Noe wasn't just squandering Ohio's worker's comp money on coins, vacation homes, and contributions to assorted Repug candidates including the Chimp, he was investing it in that favored Repug family value, gambling. What a surprise! Bill Bennett must be so pleased.

Mr. Noe invested at least $100,000 of the state’s rare-coin money into financially troubled Games Inc., which has plummeted in value in the last year as its CEO Roger Ach II, a politically connected Cincinnati businessman, sought public contracts.

Mr. Noe is among several prominent Republicans who have invested in Games Inc.

Brian Hicks, former chief of staff to Gov. Bob Taft; Bob Bennett, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party; former Senate President Stanley Aronoff, and Lucas County Republicans Patrick Kriner and Sally Perz all own shares in the company, records filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission show.

Turns out there's a few dumb Democrats too who think gambling is an acceptable way to rip people off:

Jerry Springer, a Democrat from Cincinnati and a talk show host, is also listed as an investor.

Heh. There's a remarkable surprise. Other Democrats are less impressed:

“It’s outrageous. These are the same people who are continually harping about the gambling issue,” said Ben Rothenberg, spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party. Mr. Taft and others have continually fought plans for casino gambling in the state, although the governor did support increasing the gaming options of the Ohio Lottery.

Interestingly, most of the evangelical churches that promote Repug candidates are heavily anti-gambling. This might be a small yet useful wedge issue for Democrats.

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