Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi reports that Patrick aide Michael Morris didn’t expect to run into Amelia and Steven Bingham when he dropped by state Sen. Dianne Wilkerson’s office last week. She adds that it’s time for Gov. Deval Patrick to walk away from the mess that is casino gambling:
The push for expanded gambling in Massachusetts comes from racetrack operators, out-of-state promoters, and other gambling interests. If they haven’t made their case yet, that should tell Patrick something important. It’s a shaky case for everyone but them.
Update: Peter Kenney has much more at Cape Cod Today. And, as I should have noted earlier, there’s a discrepancy between his and Vennochi’s accounts. According to Vennochi’s reporting, Morris was surprised to see the Binghams in Wilkerson’s office. According to what the Binghams told Kenney, Morris was surprised to see that the Binghams had brought advisers with them.
Kenney’s take is that Glenn Marshall’s downfall could lead to the re-opening of a lawsuit by the tribe against the town of Mashpee over Wampanoag land rights — and that Wilkerson, a member of the Senate Insurance Committee, has an obvious interest in a situation that could wreak havoc with property insurance.