Friday, February 12, 2010
Knives in the Back!!!
It seems that Senator Pacheco is taking great issue with the Enterprise saying that his bill puts the casino out of Middleborough -- even though he represents Middleborough. I'm not sure what the flak is all about. His bill states that the Tribe will get a preference in Bristol County Market, and the bill he and State Rep Canessa and State Rep Calter--also two who are supposed to represent Middleborough--have sponsored even more clearly puts the casino in Bristol County, not Middleborough.
Marc apparently does not see the problem for Middleborough with the bill, and adamantly insists that he is not supporting the move of the casino out of Middleborough since putting it in Fall River wouldn't even put it in his district. But there is some sense for Marc in this scenario--the one where Middleborough loses.
In my opinion, I see the following:
1. Both bills on which Marc has placed himself are anti casino in Middleborough. His bill accepts the possibility that the casino go somewhere other than Middleborough, and the bill he and Calter and Canessa sponsored expressly puts the casino out of Middleborough. In fact, if he and Canessa actually had any respect for the Middleborough contract, the only preference that would be placed in the bill for the Tribe would be exactly where the deal in the IGA puts it--Middleborough. Marc and Steve have screwed Middleborough with the legislation, because that legislation creates a possible reward for the Tribe in leaving Middleborough, but staying in the region.
2. Why would Marc do this in an election cycle. Just look at where a number of his contributions come from and his loyalty to the race track. Move the Tribe out of Middleborough and protect Raynham. This is a move that makes a lot of sense, and would probably be good for BOTH the track and Middleborough under the right circumstances, but to continue to play like you are representing the interests of Middleborough, when the facts show that that is clearly not the case, is disingenuous at best.
As to the Tribe, where are they in telling Middleborough what they are doing. How can they just let the know nothing, do nothing BOS just sit in a round room looking for a corner. I am of the firm conclusion that they are using Middleborough as leverage and will drop Middleborough at the first sign of a better and cheaper deal. The problem is that the Tribal leadership is getting ready to give up their most prized possession -- their sovereignty -- to get a casino. Bad for the Tribal members, and a stupid play for a short term gain.
As to the BOS, they suddenly have been given an opportunity (again) to take hold of the situation and get some payout for the Town with their new found leverage, but they are stuck in neutral. This set back poses at least 3 different negotiation opportunities with both the Tribe and the State, where we could probably get significant money out of one or the other WITHOUT ever having to host the casino in our Town. Think about that...money without impacts. That would satisfy both the pros and the antis, and would be a very nice conclusion to this perpetual soap opera. But, alas, our BOS has no creativity or acumen for finding the leverage points in these most recent, and seemingly negative, developments. Think hard BOS and you will discover that the way things are playing out, we have the power to get out of this whole problem with a flow of money in our pockets and a Town that stays just as it is--the best of all worlds. Or don't think at all and watch Middleborough get it in the back from Marc, Steve, and the Tribe. Tom has been up front on his position, so I have no beef with him.
Finally, it has become absolutely clear to me that no casino in Middleborough would probably be the safest result, since, as I have said before, the leaders of this Town are not capable to handle the 800 pound gorilla in the room. They certainly have no control over Marc Pacheco, and certainly do not command the respect or loyalty of Steve Canessa. If they did, neither Steve nor Marc would have the nerve to so disrespect the Town's contract with the Tribe by tortiously interfering with a known contractual relationship. If we can't get our own to respect us, then why do we expect the Tribe to respect us.
Posted by AMB at 8:24 PM