A University of Massachusetts professor, who has billed himself as an objective voice in the long-running debate over casino gambling in the Bay State, is now a paid consultant for a gaming proponent in New Hampshire.What's he being dishonest about?
Some gambling critics have long insisted Barrow has had at least indirect ties to the gambling industry in recent years. But Barrow said yesterday the Greenmeadow work is the first time since 1999 that he’s performed paid work for a gaming interest.Of course, readers know that is false. Clyde Barrow took $15,000 as recently as 2008, from Maine's Yes on 2 campaign -- for consulting, again. Furthermore, his Center at UMASS Dartmouth takes on private clients. Just who would pay the tens of thousands of dollars for a comprehensive casino study in Massachusetts?
Governor Patrick's office tried to pooh-pooh the revelation, saying Barrow was 'just one' of its sources in coming up with its original casino plan. However, readers should remember that Governor Patrick's plan was Clyde Barrow's plan -- a fact I first pointed out two years ago. The people of Massachusetts, chief amongst them our chief policy makers and elected officials, have to know the truth about Clyde Barrow -- because his influence on this issue is deep and nefarious, based almost entirely on his faux-brand of impartiality as a UMASS professor.
Update: According to a South Coast paper, Barrow took $11k from the NH group. In the article, he was quoted scoffing at us ebil bloggers.
He described criticism from anti-casino advocates as a “character assassination” and “the only arrow they have left in their quiver.”Now, my question: Does that sound like an unbiased, independent professor?
A reminder: In the Boston Herald article, Barrow said about the sum of his NH consultant pay, "it's really not that much." Who wouldn't take an extra $11k over 6 weeks, including a tenured college professor? Honesty, clearly, hasn't been one of Barrow's strong suits on the matter of his past work.
Finally, check out BMass's latest blog on Blue Mass Group on this latest Barrow revelation -- it's pretty freaking funny, proving that sometimes the best response to the absurd is mockery.