Furthermore, even I've been surprised at the lengths to which he'd go to support his casino proposal, when he's left most of his other, better proposals to collect dust. He's packaged casinos as 'just another' revenue avenue to pursue, but it's obvious by the lengths to which he's gone to pass some kind of casino bill that his actions don't match his rhetoric: casinos have quickly become issue numero uno in the Patrick Administration, while the Municipal Partnership Act died a horrible - and almost uneventful - death.
It begs the question "why?"
Well, maybe I have an answer. It's the law firm Ropes and Gray. As the firm's site boasts,
Ropes & Gray is the only national law firm that is a member of the American Gaming Association, which also is a client of the firm on a number of matters.It shouldn't be a shocker that such a firm would support the casino industry's quest to overturn the Commonwealth's Class 3 gambling ban - and thus, Mega-Resort, Class 3 casinos.
What just may surprise a few people, though, is the fact that Governor Patrick's wife, Diane Patrick, is a partner at Ropes and Gray (three woots for google!). While I hate to be cynical, I don't know if there's another explanation that exists that can so easily describe why the Governor is pulling out all the stops on this issue, one that's quickly turning his entire base against him and one that's no easier than the Municipal Partnership Act to get through the state legislature. Furthermore, why hasn't this glaring conflict of interest ever come up before?